Juventus drop Evra as exit door beckons

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Patrice Evra has been dropped by Juventus to add further fuel to reports of the Frenchman's imminent departure from the Serie A champions.

The left-back has been linked with a January move to Valencia and former club Manchester United, having fallen firmly behind Alex Sandro in the pecking order this season.

That the Brazil international is missing for Sunday's Serie A fixture with Genoa due to a thigh strain and Evra remains unused by Massimiliano Allegri appears to give a sizable clue to the Frenchman's long-term prospects in Turin.

The champions welcome Roberto Donadoni's side to Juventus Stadium with a four-point lead in the standings, as well as a game in hand, after the mid-season break.