Soccer: Kakà set for second Milan debut
Champions Juve visit Inter in 'derby of Italy'13 September, 15:19
The Brazilian's return will vie for attention with the so-called 'derby of Italy' between Inter Milan and champions Juventus on a 'super Saturday' of action in Serie A.
Kakà rejoined Milan after four difficult years at Real Madrid shortly before the Italian top-flight's recent break to make way for World Cup qualifiers.
"I think Kakà will start (at Torino)," Allegri, whose side have three points from two games, told a press conference on Friday.
"He's in good shape physically and he trained very well, with the enthusiasm of a kid.
"I think he'll be a little nervous about his debut. It's normal for him to lack a bit of match fitness. "He spends most of the day at Milanello (the club's training complex). He's a great example, above all for the youngsters". Kakà scored 95 goals in 270 appearances in all competitions during his first six-year stint with AC Milan and was inspirational in the club's drive to the 2007 Champions League title.
He also helped the Rossoneri win the 2004 Serie A title in his first season after moving from Sao Paulo for 8.5 million euros.
Kakà, whose real name is Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, took a big pay cut, reportedly from 10 million euros a season to four million, to come back to the club where he got the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2007.
The 31-year-old moved to Real in 2009 for 68.5 million euros but struggled in Spain, due in part to a spate of injuries.
"I was never able to get an extended run in the side (at Real)," Kakà said at his presentation as a Milan player. "Now, however, I'm fit and well. This is a fantastic challenge for me. "Milan are a good side with some fantastic players, who have international experience. "This side has given me back the joy of playing football".
Kakà is expected to act as a playmaker in Turin tucked behind a strike pairing of Alessandro Matri and Mario Balotelli, who continued his impeccable record with penalties on Tuesday to give Italy a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic and clinch a spot at next year's World Cup.
Allegri is expected to field Dutch midfielder Urby Emanuelson at left back due to an injury crisis in defence, with Mattia De Sciglio, Ignazio Abate, Daniele Bonera and Matías Silvestre unavailable. Inter will host Juve in the season's first big showdown between teams with realistic ambitions of winning the title. Inter struggled last season and failed to qualify for European competition, as Juve were cantering to their second consecutive scudetto, although the Milanese team did manage to beat the champions in Turin, 3-1.
Furthermore, Inter look to have regained confidence following the arrival of coach Walter Mazzarri in the close season and are among a cluster of five teams with a perfect record after two matches, along with Juve, Napoli, AS Roma and Fiorentina.
"We know that the Inter side we're facing will be fired up and determined, but so will we," said Juve's Swiss full back Stephan Lichtsteiner.
"We're up against a team who will be fighting for the Scudetto as their main objective, just as we were two years ago.
"We'll need to put in a strong performance".