Conte returns for Juventus for trip to Palermo

DANIELLA MATAR Associated Press Published:

MILAN (AP) -- Juventus coach Antonio Conte will be back on the bench following a four-month suspension as the defending champions visit Palermo on Sunday in Serie A.

Conte was banned for failing to report match-fixing when he coached Siena two seasons ago.

Juventus will also be boosted after winning at Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 on Wednesday to qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League as group winners.

Defender Leonardo Bonucci says "qualifying for the last 16 was a gift for the coach and we owed it to him. He has suffered these past few months away from the pitch and now he will come back stronger than ever."

Juventus is two points ahead of Napoli, which faces third-place Inter Milan at the San Siro on Sunday.