Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the Juventus starting line- up for Wednesday’ s Champions League quarter- final , first leg against Ajax in Amsterdam.
The Italian club ’ s coach Massimiliano Allegri had confirmed on Tuesday that Ronaldo would be back for the game at the Johan Cruyff Arena after recovering from a thigh injury suffered playing for Portugal last month.
He has not appeared for Juve since netting a hat – trick in their 3 – 0 win over Atletico Madrid last month which took them through to the quarter-finals 3 – 2 on aggregate , missing four Serie A games in the process .
That is one of four changes from the Juve side that started last Saturday ’ s 2 – 1 win over AC Milan in Serie A , with Joao Cancelo, Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi also coming in.
Paulo Dybala is one of those dropping to the bench , with 19- year – old sensation Moise Kean also a substitute .
Veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini is out injured for the two – time European Cup winners , who defeated Ajax on penalties in 1996 final .
Ajax coach Erik ten Hag makes one change to his team compared to the starting line-up in their 4 – 1 win away to holders Real Madrid in the last 16, second leg.
Right – back Noussair Mazraoui is suspended , so Joel Veltman replaces him .
Starting line- ups for the Champions League quarter-final , first leg between Ajax and Juventus at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday (kick – off 1900 GMT ):
Ajax (4 – 3 – 3 )
Andre Onana ; Joel Veltman , Matthijs de Ligt (capt ), Daley Blind, Nicolas Tagliafico ; Donny van de Beek , Lasse Schoene , Frenkie de Jong ; Hakim Ziyech , Dusan Tadic, David Neres
Coach : Erik ten Hag (NED )
Juventus (4 – 3 – 3 )
Wojciech Szczesny; Joao Cancelo, Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele Rugani , Alex Sandro ; Rodrigo Bentancur , Miralem Pjanic , Blaise Matuidi ; Federico Bernardeschi , Mario Mandzukic ( capt) , Cristiano Ronaldo
Coach : Massimiliano Allegri (ITA )
Referee : Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)