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Juventus boosted by Higuain return against Spurs

Juventus received a boost for their Champions League last 16 second-leg clash with Tottenham Hotspur as star striker Gonzalo Higuain returned to their starting line-up at Wembley on Wednesday.

Juventus stadium now named Allianz stadium

Higuain, who scored twice in the 2-2 first-leg draw against Tottenham in Turin, was declared fit to start after recovering from an ankle injury that kept him out of Juve’s 1-0 Serie A win at Lazio on Saturday.

Paulo Dybala was also fit after a hamstring injury, but Mario Mandzukic did not travel to London because of a thigh injury.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino made only one change from the side that started the 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday as right-back Kieran Trippier came in for the suspended Serge Aurier.

Starting line-ups for Wednesday’s Champions League last 16, second leg between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus (first leg finished 2-2) at Wembley Stadium (kick-off 1945 GMT):

Tottenham (4-3-3)

Hugo Lloris; Kieran Trippier, Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies; Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen; Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane

Coach: Mauricio Pochettino (ARG)

Juventus (4-3-3)

Gianluigi Buffon; Andrea Barzagli, Medhi Benatia, Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi; Paulo Dybala, Douglas Costa, Gonzalo Higuain

Coach: Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)


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