Ronaldo in Juventus squad for Ajax match

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Ronaldo hasn't played since the worldwide break ended as he nursed the injury, but he was named a starter for Wednesday's match against talented Ajax in the first leg of the quarterfinals.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri disclosed it to Sky Italia in Amsterdam ahead of the clubs' Champions League clash.

He has missed their last three games after suffering a thigh injury while with his national team but should be back to play in his favourite competition.

The Portuguese forward showed his value by scoring a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in the last 16, nearly single-handedly overturning a first-leg deficit.

The 34-year-old is the all-time top scorer in Europe's elite club competition and nearly single-handedly dragged Juve into the last eight with his treble against Atletico in the last 16 after the Italians trailed 2-0 from the first leg. "We will have to play two great games to bring home the result".

'It's not often that we see a turnaround of the likes we had against Atleti.

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Ajax knocked Real Madrid out of the Champions League in the last round.

Ajax thrashed Real 4-1 away to reach the quaerter-finals 5-3 on aggregate having finished second in Group E behind Bayern who they held 1-1 in Munich before a 3-3 draw in Amsterdam.

Two-time UEFA Champions League winning manager Ottmar Hitzfeld believes a Premier League side will lift the prestigious title this season as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are in decline.

"In the Champions League you can't take anything for granted".

"He always feels ready, but I told him to rest".

Juventus are robust and like a physical contest whereas Ajax are creative and energetic.

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