For the better part of the last month or so, Juventus' injury situation has been pretty much the same. No Mirko Vucinic, Stephan Lichtsteiner and the forever-injured Simone Pepe. For a time, Fabio Quagliarella was included in the injury list, too, until he returned to the field last weekend against Parma.
But other than that, it's been a small group of players you can count on one hand working to get back to full fitness at Vinovo.
With that, we have this, via Football Italia, as it looks like Giorgio Chiellini could very well be in the Juventus Stadium stands once again on Sunday night.
Sky Sport Italia claim the defender, suspended for the 2-2 draw against Real Madrid in midweek, sustained a muscle strain at Vinovo earlier today.
Summer signing Angelo Ogbonna is expected to step in for the Italian international if he is unavailable to boss Antonio Conte.
The Old Lady will also be without defender Martin Caceres as he will leave for international duty tomorrow after being called up by Uruguay.
Don't trust Sky Italia? Well, resident Juventus insider Claudio Zuliani is here to help clear up your doubts.
Chiellini forse out per problema muscolare e Caceres chiamato dalla nazionale per spareggio qualificazioni mondiali .. Out per Juve Napoli— Claudio Zuliani (@ClaudioZuliani) November 8, 2013
If you don't understand the entire tweet because it's in Italian, just look at the last four words.
Out per Juve Napoli
Well, I don't think I needed Google translate for that. And dammit, that's pretty unfortunate.
Obviously the situations are completely different, but it's still a big hit to Antonio Conte. Chiellini was obviously going to return to the starting lineup against Napoli after being suspended for Juve's 2-2 draw with Real Madrid. And if you want to read something into another post on the Twitter machine from Zuliani Friday morning, then Caceres might have been in Conte's plans as well.
All we can say is this: Angelo Ogbonna, here's another shot to prove your worth in one hell of an important match.