October 14, 2016 / 6:01 PM / a year ago

Marchisio set for Juve return after six months out

(Reuters) - Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio could make his first competitive appearance in six months after being named in their squad for Saturday’s Serie A clash against Udinese having recovered from a cruciate ligament injury.

Football Soccer - Juventus v Empoli - Italian Serie A - Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy - 02/04/16 Juventus' Claudio Marchisio reacts. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino

The 30-year-old Italy international injured his knee during a 4-0 win over Palermo in April and was forced to miss the European Championships in June and July.

“Claudio Marchisio made a promising comeback in a friendly during the week,” coach Massimiliano Allegri told a news conference on Friday.

Allegri has also handed a maiden first-team call-up to rising youth-team talent Moise Kean.

“The boy (Moise Kean) is a real talent but at 16 years old, he needs more matchday experience,” said Allegri.

Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdynia; Editing by Toby Davis

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