Giorgio Chiellini says he hopes to make his return to Serie A action when the Bianconeri take on Empoli this Saturday at Juventus Stadium.
The defender, who has seen the second half of his season hampered by a recurring calf injury, is adamant the problem is now behind him and says he is now looking forward to helping Juventus in their quest for a fifth consecutive Scudetto and 11th Coppa Italia.
The club’s vice-captain covered a variety of topics during this afternoon’s interviews with Mediaset and Sky, ranging from the team’s recent good form to the talents of young guns Paulo Rugani and Paulo Dybala.
Here is a selection of his thoughts:
Raring to go
“I missed just one game last term but unfortunately it was our most important match of the season and perhaps the biggest of my career to date. Sadly I’ve been out for longer this time around but I need to congratulate my team-mates on the way they’ve kept pace with and leapfrogged Napoli over these past two months, drawing just one game and narrowly missing out on a Champions League last eight place against the second strongest team in the world. Now I’m feeling good, I hope to return on Saturday and keep going right through until mid-July.”
“Now comes the most important part of our campaign. There are eight league games and the Coppa Italia final remaining and it’s better to be in front and have it all in your own hands rather than rely on results elsewhere. We’ll aim to win everything, knowing that it won’t be easy, without thinking long term and just focusing on each game at a time. We approach the next set of matches on the back of a sensational run and we’ve shown we deserve to be where we find ourselves in the league. Having said that, we have a chasing pack that refuses to give in - it’s down to us to keep them as far away as possible.”