Arturo Vidal's season is coming to an end a few weeks earlier than the rest of the Juventus squad.
The Bianconeri's Chilean midfield dynamo is set to go under the knife to repair his lingering knee injury Wednesday morning in Turin, the club announced on Tuesday night. Vidal, who has been dealing with the problem since Juve's Europa League tie with Fiorentina, will reportedly be good to go for this summer's World Cup.
So if you're Chilean, you can probably breathe a little easier now.
The short but sweet statement from Juventus' official website is as follows:
Nel tardo pomeriggio di oggi Arturo Vidal ha effettuato, in presenza anche dei medici della nazionale cilena, un consulto ortopedico a Barcellona dal professor Ramon Cugat.
Domani mattina verrà sottoposto ad intervento chirurgico artroscopico al menisco laterale del ginocchio destro.
And the English version...
Arturo Vidal this afternoon conducted an orthopedic examination in Barcelona, attended also by the Chilean international medical team.
Tomorrow morning will see the midfielder undergo arthroscopic surgery on the lateral meniscus of his right knee, supervised by professor Ramon Cugat.
Vidal, who was joint top scorer with Mirko Vucinic last season, finishes his third season in Turin with the best numbers of his career. He was one of three players — Carlos Tévez and Fernando Llorente are the others — to record double digits in goals scored this season. Instead of telling about it, I think I will just show you a picture because then we can all just sit back and admire its beauty.
Do we need a reminder that some strikers wish they could have those kinds of goal-scoring numbers? I think we need a reminder that Vidal isn't a striker, rather a midfielder. And that a good number of strikers probably wish they could finish the season with 18 goals scored in all competitions.
Oh, and he also signed a new contract with Juventus in early December, getting a nice little raise in a deal that runs through 2017.
I'd say he had a pretty good year.
But alas, those will be the final numbers for Vidal in this Scudetto-winning season. All to say now is pretty simple: Get well soon, King Arturo, and we hope to see you doing all kinds of Arturo Vidal things in Brazil next month.
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