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Juventus submit their Champions League squad list; Kwadwo Asamoah, Simone Padoin not included

Padoin left off the list in a clear attempt to spare the rest of Europe.

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Now that transfer deadline day is over and done with — we survived it, y'all! — we can finally put all of our attention toward the on-field product that Juventus is going to be rolling out this season. But it's somewhat ironic to type that previous sentence considering we're at the start of an international break and Juventus won't be playing an actual game until next weekend when Chievo visits Juventus Stadium.

Either way and no matter when Juventus' next game might actually be, we have team news. And, at the same time, Champions League news.

Juventus have submitted their squad list for the Champions League group stage, which gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 15, when Max Allegri's boys make the trip to England and the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City (who probably just spent another €40 million while I typed out this sentence). Here is the full list, courtesy of Juventus' official website:

1 Gianluigi Buffon
3 Giorgio Chiellini
4 Martin Caceres
6 Sami Khedira
7 Simone Zaza
8 Claudio Marchisio
9 Alvaro Morata
10 Paul Pogba
11 Hernanes
12 Alex Sandro
15 Andrea Barzagli
16 Juan Cuadrado
17 Mario Mandzukic
18 Mario Lemina
19 Leonardo Bonucci
21 Paulo Dybala
24 Daniele Rugani
25 Neto
26 Stephan Lichtsteiner
27 Stefano Sturaro
33 Patrice Evra
37 Roberto Pereyra
38 Emil Audero

The two obvious names missing — if you haven't noticed already or didn't read the story's headline — are those of Kwadwo Asamoah and Simone Padoin. And, you have to think, they are for two very different reasons.

This may be the latest sign that we're not totally sure when Asamoah will be back from his injury troubles. The last Asamoah-related news we heard was that he would start training with the main squad in about three weeks. Well, it's been close to three weeks from that announcement, so we shall wait and see if that timetable truly does hold true. If it doesn't, then it will be a pretty good indication as to why Asamoah wasn't included in the

That brings us to Padoin, who has certainly been the recipient of a fair bit of criticism around these parts as of late. But when you think about where Padoin fits into things when the remaining injured players — Claudio Marchisio, Sami Khedira most notably — are expected to return, there just isn't room for Pado. As much as he's become the Human Victory Cigar, the additions of Hernanes and Mario Lemina means there's even less room for Padoin in the midfield, and the same goes with Alex Sandro's signing in defense.

And one more thing this list (unintentionally) provided us — jersey numbers for Hernanes and Lemina. Who doesn't like jersey number news, right? Yeah, jersey number news!