SAN PAOLO (Sporting Alert) — Defender Giorgio Chiellini has shaken off a minor injury and starts tonight for Juventus against Napoli in their Serie A clash at the San Paolo.
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Time and Date: March 1, 2013, at 2:45 ET
Chiellini was a doubt for the contest with an ankle problem he picked up earlier, but passed a late fitness test to partner Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli in the three-man defensive line.
Also starting tonight for the Serie A leaders are Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio in the midfield, while Sebastian Giovinco and Mirko Vucinic start in the attack.
Once again, Napoli named a strong attacking lineup, with Edinson Cavani, who is on a six-game goal drought, playing alongside Goran Pandev and Marek Hamsik in the forward line.
Paolo Cannavaro, Miguel Britos and Gokhan Inler are all starters as well.
Meanwhile, Juventus are without Nicolas Anelka, Nicklas Bendtner, Martin Caceres, Paolo De Ceglie and Simone Pepe, but Paul Pobga, Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella start on the bench.
Napoli: De Sanctis, Cannavaro, Campagnaro, Britos, Maggio, Inler, Behrami,Zuniga, Hamsik, Pandev; Cavani.
Subs: Rosati, Armero, Gamberini, Mesto, Rolando, Donadel, Dzemaili, El Kaddouri, Calaio, Insigne.
Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Pirlo, Vidal, Marchisio,Peluso; Giovinco, Vucinic.
Subs: Rubinho, Storari, Asamoah, Giaccherini, Isla, Marrone, Padoin, Pogba, Matri, Quagliarella.