Two very different reasons for two different players made us worry. Andrea Pirlo was racing against the clock to recover from a knee injury that kept him out for a month. While Tevez, who has been one of the best players in all of Serie A from the moment he stepped on Italian soil, was back home in Argentina to be by his wife's side.
Guess what, though, you guys?
They're both back training with the squad. And they're both set to face Roma in the heavyweight showdown at Juventus Stadium on Sunday night.
That's a pretty good thing to have, right? Antonio Conte must be quite pleased to basically have a full squad available to him — Sebastian Giovinco and Mirko Vucinic are also healthy again and scored the goals in Juve's 2-0 friendly victory over Cuneo on Thursday — heading into the biggest game of the season.
Tevez didn't feature in Thursday's friendly after only returning to training 24 hours prior, but has been a full participant in each training session since he returned from his native Argentina.
The scoop, courtesy of ESPNFC:
Tevez had been given permission to spend an extra few days back home, with his wife in the final stages of her pregnancy.
The Bianconeri had been preparing to send a trainer to Argentina, but Tevez arrived back in Turin for training on Wednesday.
For Pirlo, it was a bit simpler. Would he be able to regain full fitness or have to miss the Roma showdown because his knee injury hadn't full went away? After Pirlo came off the bench and played the entire second half against Cuneo, the doubts as to whether he will be ready for Roma were essentially put to bed. The predicted starting lineups from a few days earlier were torn to shreds.
Sorry, Claudio Marchisio, but Andrea Pirlo's back and somebody has to head to the bench because of it.
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