Cristiano Ronaldo will not be rested ahead of Juventus' Serie A clash with fellow title contenders Napoli at the weekend, Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed.
Juve will be able to count on Ronaldo when they aim to extend their 100 per cent start to their Scudetto defence against Bologna at the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday.
The Portugal forward, who was not in attendance as Luka Modric dethroned him as the FIFA Best Men's Player in London on Monday, endured a slow start to life in Turin but has scored three goals in his last two league outings.
A red card in the 2-0 Champions League win at Valencia last week means Ronaldo will be unavailable for the visit of Young Boys next Tuesday, three days after they host to Napoli.
Consequently, Allegri is happy to demand more from Ronaldo this week to ensure Juve retain their three-point advantage over Carlo Ancelotti's side before they clash in Serie A.
"Cristiano will play. He's in great shape physically and will be getting more minutes under his belt because he won't be available in the Champions League next week," said Allegri.
"We cannot take the game against Bologna lightly. [Filippo] Inzaghi is very good at organising them and proved it by beating Roma.
"We have to win to get to the match against Napoli with a three-point advantage."
@OfficialAllegri: "@Cristiano will be playing tomorrow. He's in great shape physically and will be getting more minutes under his belt now, as he won't be available next week vs Young Boys."#JuveBologna pic.twitter.com/5adUfudaqI— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 25, 2018
However, Allegri confirmed there would be rotation elsewhere in the squad, with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, captain Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Mandzukic unlikely to start.
"[Paulo] Dybala will play, he needs to. He played well against Frosinone and people only look at his goals, but that's not fair. He's in good shape," he said.
"Mandzukic will probably be rested, so [Moise] Kean may feature in attack. I had planned to use him against Frosinone.
"[Rodrigo] Bentancur has a strong chance of playing, but he needs to be more assured. He has great technical attributes and he has to start providing some goals and assists.
"[Blaise] Matuidi will be back in the line-up and I'll choose between [Miralem] Pjanic and Emre Can. [Mattia] Perin will start in goal and Chiellini will be rested. I need to decide which of the full-backs need a break too.
"[Andrea] Barzagli has made a full recovery and is available."
|Controversial Kohli dismissal puts Australia in command|
|Thunder´s Westbrook: ´When we defend like that — best team in the league´|
|Kante at his best further forward, reiterates Sarri|
|Rose capitulates in Indonesia to squander chance to top rankings|
|Fielding: The better man won but I lived a dream|
|Rallying Bulls stun Spurs, LeBron and Ball post triple-doubles|
|Latham century puts New Zealand in commanding position|
|Mayfield leads Browns past Broncos|
|Canelo-GGG trilogy? We can make it happen – Alvarez|
|Canelo outclasses Fielding by third-round TKO|
|Farmer retains title prior to Canelo-Fielding bout|
|Qatar unveils Lusail Stadium for 2022 World Cup|
|Lakers pair LeBron, Ball revel in triple-double feat|
|Allegri hails ´great professional´ Ronaldo|
|LeBron, Ball first Lakers team-mates with triple-doubles in same game since 1982|
|Premier League contenders Liverpool ready to win titles – Henderson|
|Hopkins´ two TDs help Texans close in on AFC South title with win over Jets|
|Courtois: Simeone criticises Real Madrid to boost popularity|
|Mourinho in the dark over transfers as Pogba rumours swirl again|
|Mourinho marvels at Salah going nuclear|
|The lucky ones - Mourinho assesses Liverpool´s title charge|
|Juventus boss Allegri turned his back on Ronaldo penalty|
|Dickerson hoping Barkley falls short of breaking his records|
|Bristol shock La Rochelle, Clermont win again|
|LeBron: Meeting Jordan for first time was godly|
|Ronaldo scores Juventus´ 5,000th Serie A goal|
|I was all over the place - Allen reaches Scottish Open final despite hangovers|
|Solari defends wasteful Asensio after slim Madrid win|
|Torino 0 Juventus 1: Ronaldo capitalises on Zaza woe|
|I do my work on the pitch – Icardi unconcerned by Inter contract discussions|
|Lyon defender Rafael set for three months out|
|Inter captain Icardi is the ´perfect´ striker – Spalletti|
|Fulham have to stick together, says Ranieri|
|Nuno hails ´very special´ Wolves achievement after third straight win|
|Stuttgart captain Gentner´s father dies at Hertha fixture|
|Valverde not desperate for new centre-back amid talk of Christensen loan|
|Toulouse and Saracens stay perfect in Champions Cup|
|Kovac lauds Bayern´s best performance of the season|
|Barcelona can get the best out of Coutinho and Dembele, claims Valverde|
|Borussia Dortmund 2 Werder Bremen 1: Alcacer and Reus guarantee top spot for mid-season break|
|Bristol City 2 Norwich City 2: Canaries knocked off their perch despite late equaliser|
|Atletico´s fighting spirit lauded by Simeone, Godin|
|Hodgson relieved to see Palace end Zaha curse|
|Real Madrid 1 Rayo Vallecano 0: Benzema secures steady response to CSKA loss|
|Fulham 0 West Ham 2: Snodgrass, Antonio punish profligate hosts|
|Warnock brands refereeing situation ´a disgrace´ after Watford defeat|
|Inter 1 Udinese 0: Icardi penalty gets lethargic Nerazzurri back on track|
|Wagner retains belief in survival bid despite Newcastle defeat|
|Griezmann feeling the strain after busy 2018|
|Pochettino ´so pleased´ as tired Tottenham scrap to Burnley win|
|Man Utd hand Smalling new contract|
|ES Tunis 0 Al Ain 3: Convincing victory books River Plate semi|
|Championship Review: Bamford fires Leeds to summit, Middlesbrough defeated by QPR|
|Curry reacts to Kings´ trolling with moon landing video|
|Wentz ruled out of Rams clash|
|Pochettino reaches 100 Premier League wins for Tottenham faster than Wenger for Arsenal|
|Real Valladolid 2 Atletico Madrid 3: Griezmann the hero on landmark appearance|
|Silva rues Richarlison´s missed chances at City|
|Gibson has no worries over Proteas batsmen|
|Wolves 2 Bournemouth 0: Jimenez and Cavaleiro score against toothless Cherries|
|Crystal Palace 1 Leicester City 0: Captain Milivojevic earns vital victory|
|Watford 3 Cardiff City 2: Hornets hang on despite late fightback|
|Tottenham 1 Burnley 0: Eriksen snatches victory at the death|
|Huddersfield Town 0 Newcastle United 1: Rondon strike settles scrap|
|Sabres suspend forward Berglund for failing to report to the team|
|Saunders thanks Fury for getting him ´back on the right track´|
|Hannover 0 Bayern Munich 4: Gnabry and Kimmich star in crushing win|
|I admire Sterling – Guardiola|
|City´s strength in depth makes it hard for me – Jesus|
|Jamieson holds slender lead in Malelane|