Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo will be rested for the Old Lady’s league game against Udinese ahead of the all-important Champions League clash with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid next week.
Italian champions Juventus can go 19 points clear of nearest challengers Napoli at the top of the Italian Serie A table with a win over Udinese at home on Friday night.
Juventus manager Maximiliano Allegri confirmed that former Manchester United star Ronaldo will sit out the game during his pre-match press conference ahead of the game.
Ronaldo played for Manchester United until he sealed a world-record deal to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009.
Italian tactician Allegri revealed that Ronaldo will be on the bench for the game with Allegri having an eye on the Atletico Madrid game.
Juventus are one of the favourites for the Champions League title but they have it all to do in their second leg clash with Atletico Madrid at home.
The Italians lost the first leg in Madrid 2-0 courtesy goals from Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin.
They have a big hurdle ahead with Atletico Madrid widely renowned for their defensive nous.
Cristiano Ronaldo has impressed a great deal for Juventus in his first season at the club after scoring 20 goals in all competitions.