Sebastian Giovinco diagnosed with 'heavy bruising' on his injured right knee

Valerio Pennicino

Prayer circle for the little guy, okay? It's been a rough seven days for the guy.

While Mirko Vucinic was running around without any shorts on after scoring his first goal against Pescara on Saturday, the same couldn't be said about his starting striker counterpart. Instead, Sebastian Giovinco was taken off on a stretcher just over 30 minutes into the Bianconeri's 2-1 victory over Pescara at the Juventus Stadium.

I think it's safe to say the last seven days haven't been all too kind to the Atomic Ant, who might as well have a seat reserved for him in the Juve training room at Vinovo with the knocks he's picked up the last couple of games. Hopefully he still has some of his Easter candy after hunting for all those fancy eggs last Sunday.

The initial medical update from Juventus' official website is as follows:

After departing yesterday's clash with Pescara midway through the first half on a stretcher, Sebastian Giovinco has undergone an MRI scan at Turin Fornaca clinic to assess the condition of his right knee.

The tests, which rule out serious injury, have revealed heavy bruising to the bone and medial collateral ligament.

A strain of the striker's femoral biceps tendon was also displayed.

Giovinco's condition will be monitored over the coming days.

Even before official word on Giovinco's injury was released, Tuttosport was reporting on their website that he was out of the second leg against Bayern on Wednesday night. I wouldn't doubt it, especially since this diagnosis, while ruling out any kind of serious knee ligament damage, doesn't sound overly convincing that he'll recover in the next 48-to-72 hours.

Although everything is currently pointing towards Super Seba not taking part in Juve's decisive European tie in three days, if Giovinco can recover from Esteban Cambiasso nearly snapping his leg in half, then I guess anything is possible. Time to think happy thoughts.

There, a glass-half-full approach to things.

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