Juventus hopeful Barzagli, Chiellini and Bonucci can face Atletico Madrid

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Juventus hopeful of having Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci available for Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid

  • Juventus hopeful they can have their ‘BBC’ defence ready for Champions League
  • Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci have all been injured 
  • Juventus face Atletico Madrid away in Champions League on February 20 

Brian Homewood, Reuters

Serie A champions Juventus are hopeful that all three players in their so-called BBC defence will be fit for their Champions League match away to Atletico Madrid on February 20.

Andrea Barzagli has been out of action since early November with a thigh injury, Giorgio Chiellini suffered a calf muscle problem during the Coppa Italia defeat to Atalanta on January 30 and Leonardo Bonucci has been sidelined with an ankle injury.

However, Juventus said in a statement that all three took part in a training session on Wednesday.

Giorgio Chiellini is recovering from a calf problem as he bids to return to action

Giorgio Chiellini is recovering from a calf problem as he bids to return to action

Giorgio Chiellini is recovering from a calf problem as he bids to return to action

‘Leonardo Bonucci took part in the whole session, while Andrea Barzagli only participated in part of the team session. Giorgio Chiellini… underwent personalised training,’ it said.

Italian media have said that Chiellini may be fit to face Frosinone in Serie A on Friday.

Leonardo Bonucci could return when Juventus face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League

Leonardo Bonucci could return when Juventus face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League

Leonardo Bonucci could return when Juventus face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League

Andrea Barzagli (left) has been out of action since early November with a thigh injury

Andrea Barzagli (left) has been out of action since early November with a thigh injury

Andrea Barzagli (left) has been out of action since early November with a thigh injury

The trio played together from 2010, helping Juventus win six successive Serie A titles, until 2017. Bonucci then left to spend last season at AC Milan and returned to Turin this season, with Juve winning another title without him.

Juve’s 3-3 draw at home to Parma on February 3 was the first match since 2011 in which none of the trio had played.

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