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Egypt's Salah named in squad for Juventus showdown: AS Roma boss

The Egypt ace is expected to feature against reigning champions Junventus on Saturday after recovering from injury

Omar Zaazou , Friday 16 Dec 2016
Mohamed Salah
File photo: Juventus' Paul Pogba, left, challenges for the ball with Roma Mohamed Salah during a Serie A soccer match at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Jan. (AP)
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AS Roma manager Luciano Spaletti has said that Mohamed Salah is included in the squad for the top-of-the-table clash at reigning champions Juventus on Saturday after recovering from injury. 

After sustaining a ligament damage in his right ankle earlier this month, Egypt winger Salah has been forced to miss Roma’s vital victories over Lazio and AC Milan in the past two weeks.

But with the pacey forward looking to have recuperated from injury in time, he has been called upon by his manager for the away clash at leaders Juventus, who are four points ahead of second-placed Roma.

“(Bruno) Peres, (Francesco) Totti and (Thomas) Vermaelen will still be assessed. Leonardo Paredes is out, Salah will instead be called,” Spaletti said on Friday.

 "Salah’s acceleration will be vital. We will see how to make the most of it.”

Salah, 24, has been in outstanding form for Roma this season, having scored eight goals and contributed five assists in 14 Serie A starts so far.

He is expected to lead Egypt in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, which takes place in January next year. 

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