Arsenal's conquerors dealt huge Champions League blow

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Jeremy Toulalan had to come off with an injury in the 3-0 win over Caen on Friday.

After beating Arsenal on away goals, AS Monaco face an even tougher challenge this week as they travel to Turin for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Serie A leaders Juventus.

Just like they had to do in the first leg in London, it looks like they will have to play the first game without veteran midfielder Jeremy Toulalan.

The former Nantes and Lyon midfielder picked up a left-thigh strain against SM Caen on Friday and it should see the former France international miss out.

Monaco won the Ligue 1 game 3-0, but losing Toulalan will be a huge blow to Leandro Jardim’s side. After the game, defender Andrea Raggi tried to play down the seriousness of the injury.

Speaking to radio station RMC, the Italian said it was a “minor injury” and he would be fine for Tuesday’s game.

If Toulalan was to miss out, Jardim would have to play a similar team to that which beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates, with Brazilian Fabinho covering in the defensive midfield role and either Almamy Toure or Raggi playing at right-back.

The news comes on the back of the veteran midfielder signing a new deal with the club, but they will be hopeful it won't impact on their search for a top-three place in the league.

It is far from the ideal preparation for the Monegasque club, but Jardim would be hoping that playing Fabinho in the midfield role could see lightning strike twice.

Juventus fans would hope their team could show a little more defensive savvy than their Arsenal counterparts did in the last 16.

Juventus vs. Monaco: Tuesday, 14th April – 19:45 KO

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