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'Good signs' for Ronaldo ahead of Ajax, says Juve coach Allegri

AFP  |  Rome 

could be back in the Juventus line-up in time for their quarter-final with Ajax, revealed on Friday.

hasn't played for the runaway leaders since scoring the sensational hat-trick that saw Juve come back from a 2-0 first-leg deficit to knock out Atletico Madrid last month.

He was rested in the subsequent 2-0 league defeat at Genoa and then picked up a on international duty with last week, but Allegri is confident the 34-year-old will be ready for Wednesday's first leg in

"There are good signals from ahead of the match with Ajax," he said to reporters ahead of Saturday's visit of fourth-placed AC

Ronaldo will however not be ready for Milan, who are battling to qualify for next season's Champions League, after missing recent wins over and Cagliari, the latter of which was overshadowed by racist abuse directed at young striker

Kean's Juve and teammate was heavily criticised in the aftermath of that match for saying that Kean was as to blame for the monkey chants to which he was subjected as the Cagliari supporters, comments for which he apologised on Thursday.

"Racism must always be fought against. It can never be justified," said Allegri.

"Bonucci, with his mind still on the game, expressed himself badly but immediately apologised and explained what he meant."

Juve are 18 points clear of nearest challengers having lost just once this season and will win their eighth title in a row with seven matches to spare at the weekend if they beat and lose to Genoa.

Should they win it either this weekend or next it would be the earliest any team has ever won Serie A, and would allow them to focus even more on winning their first since 1996.

"We'll only celebrate when we win the title. Winning eight in a row is never easy, in particular with these numbers," said Allegri, who has won four straight league and cup doubles with Juve and taken them to two finals.

"are having a season with what would often be title-winning form, but we're doing something extraordinary.

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First Published: Fri, April 05 2019. 20:25 IST