Remember when we first heard of Kwadwo Asamoah going under the knife to repair his troublesome left knee and that he would miss a couple months because of it? Well, it's time to tack on another month or two onto that initial diagnosis. We won't be seeing the Ghanian midfielder/wingback for quite some time.
Bad times, bad times.
Juventus announced on Tuesday that Asamoah, who last featured in Juve's 3-2 win over Olympiacos in the Champions League, will miss up to four months after undergoing knee surgery in Barcelona. Here's the club's brief statement, courtesy of juventus.com:
While his team-mates were out training, Kwadwo Asamoah was in Barcelona to undergo arthroscopic surgery designed to fix torn cartilage in his left knee. Operated on by Dr. Cugat and accompanied by club doctor Causarano, the Ghanaian is expected to return to competitive action within three to four months.
Asamoah was initially out for what seemed like a brief two weeks — which mostly coincided with the last international break — and then he would be reevaluated to see if he would miss any more time. Turns out, Juventus deemed that surgery would be the best option for the soon-to-be 26-year-old Asamoah, and the decision was made for him to bite the bullet now and get everything repaired sooner rather than later.
And just was the case was when we figured Asamoah would be out two or three months at the very most, this is the time for Patrice Evra to prove that he was a smart signing this past summer. The reviews on Evra have been mixed thus far, but one thing is for certain now — with Asamoah on the sideline until some time in March at the very earliest, the starting left back position in Max Allegri's lineup will be Evra's to lose.
Or maybe SImone Padoin will save us. That would be quite interesting, wouldn't it?
We'll see. It could get interesting, folks.
So if Beppe Marotta and his gang of sporting directors and evaluators want to bring in somebody to play left back — hint hint Matteo Darmian hint hint would be cool hint hint — that seems like a pretty good idea to me.
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