Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon must be fit for Monday's game against Genoa if he is to have any chance of equalling Paolo Maldini's record of Serie A appearances by the end of the season.
Buffon, who last appeared in a 1-0 win away against Napoli on Dec. 1, has missed Juventus' last five league games because of a bruised calf. The 39-year-old is preparing to make his return against Genoa, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
With 629 appearances so far and 18 games remaining in the Serie A campaign, Buffon will need to return on Monday -- and play in all remaining league games -- in order to equal the former AC Milan defender's record of 647 appearances.
Buffon has started just 10 of the Bianconeri's 20 Serie A games this season. He has also missed two Coppa Italia games -- both victories -- as well as the 2-0 victory against Olympiakos in the final game of the Champions League's group stage.
Wojciech Szczesny, who moved to Juventus on a €12.2 million transfer in the summer, started Juventus' last five league games in place of Buffon. Szczesny spent the last two seasons on loan to Roma from Arsenal.