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Leaders Juve and Roma set for crunch clash

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By Agencies

Posted  Saturday, January 4  2014 at  02:00

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Carlos Tevez returned to Turin to train with his team-mates on New Year’s Day after being granted extended leave in his native Argentina due to personal issues, while Andrea Pirlo has recovered from a knee injury, giving Juve a full squad.

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Fourth-placed Fiorentina, who beat Juve in October, could move level on points with third-placed Napoli, who play on Monday.Mario Gomez (knee) is out for the Viola, but Gonzalo Rodriguez is fit to feature against Livorno

Leaders Juventus host second-placed Roma as Serie A resumes following its winter break with a crunch title clash on Sunday.

The Bianconeri won nine straight Serie A matches, conceding just one goal, prior to the Christmas hiatus and will bid to continue the remarkable run at home to the Giallorossi, who are unbeaten this season.

Carlos Tevez returned to Turin to train with his team-mates on New Year’s Day after being granted extended leave in his native Argentina due to personal issues, while Andrea Pirlo has recovered from a knee injury, giving Juve a full squad.

Roma, who have influential midfielders Daniele De Rossi and Kevin Strootman available from suspension, have drawn five times in their last seven matches.

The round-18 summit clash is the highlight of three Sunday fixtures, which also sees Fiorentina take on Livorno and Chievo Verona play Cagliari.