It wouldn't be the day after Juventus game without some kind of injury to write about, right? Well, here we are, a little less than 24 hours after Juve's 3-2 nail-biting win over Olympiacos, and we have an injury to talk about.
This time it's Kwadwo Asamoah, meaning Juventus are officially left with no left backs and/or left wingbacks thanks to Patrice Evra being ruled out for a month in the final days of October. That's right, the Ghanian left wingback/midfielder will be out two weeks due to the knock on his knee he suffered against Empoli over the weekend and then re-injured in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Olympiacos in the Champions League.
The official diagnosis, courtesy of Juventus' official website:
Kwadwo Asamoah will be out for a precautionary period of 15 days in order to fully recover from the injury he sustained during last Saturday's Serie A meeting with Empoli.
The Ghanaian featured in last night's game against Olympiacos but continued inflammation in his knee means he will be rested over the next couple of weeks.
When I see 'precautionary' it makes me wonder about just how long Asamoah might be out for. It says 15 days, but maybe the Juve training staff is worried that there's a chance he might be out for a longer period of time.
The good thing is that there's an international break right around the corner, so if Asamoah is really only out two weeks, then all he will actually miss will be Parma's visit to Juventus Stadium this weekend. Let's hope it's just one game, because Juve really can't afford to have any more injuries right now.
So if Max Allegri does decide that this four-man defense is going to become a thing or switch back to a 3-5-2 — with all the injuries in defense right now who really knows for sure — we might get to see "Simone Padoin, starting left back" actually happen. For the 1,586 people who are fans of Padoin on Facebook, maybe they won't mind that one bit.
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