Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Costa out but Matuidi Set to Blaze a Trail against United

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Costa out but Matuidi Set to Blaze a Trail against United

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JUVENTUS manager Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that Douglas Costa will not be in contention to face United in the Champions League tonight.

The Brazil international, who signed from Bayern Munich in the summer, joins former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can on the treatment table at the Serie A outfit. Winger Federico Bernardeschi, who has scored three goals this season, and 18-year-old forward Moise Kean are also ruled out as Juventus look to confirm their spot in the round of 16 against Jose Mourinho's side.

Allegri was coy on the availability of France international midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who suffered an injury in the Old Lady's 3-1 win against Cagliari on Saturday.

"I'm not sure whether to rest Matuidi or not," he said. "He is player who plays with heart even when he isn't in the best condition. …

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