Allegri said that Pirlo is close to returning for Juventus

Massimiliano AllegriMassimiliano Allegri said that Andrea Pirlo won’t play on Saturday at Atalanta, but many fans and price per head agents were very hopeful when he mentioned that next week he should return to the pitch.

This season, the veteran was not able to feature for the Serie A champions after he suffered an injury to the hip in the last days of August.

On Friday, the coach said that that the midfielder was able to train on Thursday, but also said that this weekend he won’t feature in the game against Atalanta.

Instead, Pirlo, who was linked with making a move to LA Galaxy, will feature in a friendly match in a bid to show his fitness for either the clash next Wednesday with Atletico Madrid or the match with Roma.

The coach said: “Andrea Pirlo worked with the team yesterday. His test results were good and he’ll play a friendly on Sunday. Hopefully [he will be] back next week.”

Allegri also had good news regarding defender Andrea Barzagli, who was also put on the sidelines since July, when he received surgery to the heel.

“Andrea Barzagli is undergoing an individual training programme with the aim of returning to the squad in a week’s time,” said the coach.

Price per head agents saw that this season, Juventus were already able to win all four of their games in the Serie A so far, and they also won the last eight matches that they had against Atalanta, but this weekend the coach expects to have a very difficult test in Bergamo.

“It’s never simple for anyone to win in Bergamo. Atalanta approach the game on the back of two defeats and will cause us problems,” said Allegri.

“Atalanta are different from last year. They possess offensive wingers and have pace up front. We’ll need to stay alert.

“We need to go there prepared and aim to claim three fundamental points ahead of Atletico and Roma. We’ll immediately turn our attentions to Atletico after Saturday in Bergamo. One game at a time.”