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Friday, February 8, 2013
Marchisio targets swift Juventus return

Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has said he is uncertain when he will return to action after his recent hip problem.

Marchisio, 27, is eager to get back to playing and says he is recovering well and wants to be involved as the Bianconeri prepare for a key week in which they host rivals Fiorentina in Serie A before travelling to Glasgow to face Celtic in the Champions League.

"We've got a few days before Fiorentina and the Champions League in which to assess the situation," Marchisio said. "I'm always determined to play, and we'll see if that will be possible.

"Our current focus must be on the championship. We'll just think about playing Fiorentina, who are a great side.

"We also had injuries last season but, apart from a few games postponed due to bad weather, we played once every seven days which allowed us to recover easier."

He said the Juve players were determined to make up for the disappointment of not reaching the Coppa Italia final after losing 3-2 on aggregate to Lazio in the semi-finals.

"We missed out on the chance of getting to the Coppa Italia final and we were very upset about that, but there are still two prestigious targets [the domestic league and the Champions League] on offer, and we'll tackle them on a game by game basis."

Marchisio is far from the only concern facing Antonio Conte ahead of Saturday's clash as Andrea Pirlo is one of three players to return to Turin from international duty.

"Pirlo didn't train yesterday and I'll have to speak to him," Conte said in a press conference on Friday. "Meanwhile, Mauricio Isla returned with a cold and Stephan Lichtsteiner came off for Switzerland. We'll evaluate all of these situations tomorrow."

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