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Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira not called up for Saturday's Coppa Italia final against Milan

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We have seen the last of Sami Khedira this season. Well, at least when it comes to making a contribution on the field. When it comes to Khedira celebrating a trophy win this weekend, well, I think people would be okay with that if it does indeed become a reality.

Before departing for Rome on Thursday, Juventus manager Max Allegri announced the 21-man squad that will be taking on Milan in the Coppa Italia final this weekend. As expected, there was the likes of Gigi Buffon, Paul Pogba, Paulo Dybala on the squad list. Khedira, however, was not there, as calf injury he suffered before the final two games of the Serie A season has not healed in time for him to take part in Juve's Coppa defense.

The full squad available for selection on Saturday is as follows:

1 - Gianluigi Buffon
3 - Giorgio Chiellini
7 - Simone Zaza
9 - Álvaro Morata
10 - Paul Pogba
11 - Hernanes
12 - Alex Sandro
15 - Andrea Barzagli
16 - Juan Cuadrado
17 - Mario Mandzukic
18 - Mario Lemina
20 - Simone Padoin
21 - Paulo Dybala
22 - Kwadwo Asamoah
24 - Daniele Rugani
25 - Neto
26 - Stephan Lichtsteiner
27 - Stefano Sturaro
33 - Patrice Evra
34 - Rubinho
37 - Roberto Pereyra

When Khedira's injury was announced, it was always somewhat of an assumption that him recovering for the Coppa Italia final was going to be an issue. As the short medical update said, "his availability for the Coppa Italia final will depend upon the results of further tests to be conducted over the coming days and weeks." Clearly, said further tests did not go as smoothly and/or swiftly as Juventus — and probably a lot of us —hope they would go.

So, now, Juventus will be without two of its three starting midfielders as they look to end the season just the same way they started it — winning a trophy. The usual reserve options are all there for Allegri to choose from. We'll just have to wait until the starting lineups are announced an hour before kickoff on Saturday to know who gets the call.