Maybe it's because we've been spoiled by his awesomeness these past two-plus years, but seeing Arturo Vidal come off the field injured during any match isn't exactly a common sight. The vast majority of the time, Vidal's grinta takes over, as the Chilean midfielder fights through the pain and often makes even more of an impact than before his injury.
But Vidal having to come off the field early due to injury was the reality in Sunday's 3-0 win over Napoli. And after Juventus initially announced Vidal came off the field "after feeling some discomfort in the adductor muscle of his right thigh," the club has made an official diagnosis regarding the midfielder's health status.
Vidal, who left the action early last night against Napoli due to an injury that has this morning been confirmed as a strain to the adductor muscle of his right thigh, has been prescribed seven to eight days of rest. He is still set to join up with the Chile squad barring a decision to the contrary by the Chilean Football Federation.
Seven or eight days of rest would put Vidal at least on target to be fit for Chile's friendly against Brazil on Nov. 19 in Toronto. Considering that Chile has already qualified for the World Cup, having Vidal play in the friendly might not be the most important thing there is.(Although many Canadian Juventini will certainly disagree.)
And regardless of how many minutes he plays for Chile during the international break, let's just hope he comes back on time. We don't want a repeat of last time KIng Arturo went on international duty now do we?
Just make your flight back, Arutro, that's all we ask. Oh, and come back healthy. That's pretty important, too.