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Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini injuries calf while training with Italian national team

Claudio Villa

The unfortunate part of the season getting going? Giorgio Chiellini's three-match ban from last season carried over.

The good thing about Giorgio Chiellini's suspension carry over into this current season? The injury he picked up while training with the Italian national team. Gee, who's coaching them now? Nah, nah, nah. I won't go there.

That injury I mentioned isn't significant, according to Italy team doctor Enrico Castellacci. But it will see the best defender Italy has to offer be on the same place he was for Juventus' season opener this past weekend — not in uniform while he's on the sidelines.

Giorgio Chiellini was suffering with pain in his left calf after this morning's training session. "He's already had an MRI scan," added Castellacci. "It's nothing serious, but together with the coach and Juventus' medical staff, we have decided to rest him for a couple of days. He will miss Thursday's match, but we'll try to have him back in time for Tuesday's game against Norway."


If the goal is to have Cheillini ready to face Norway next Tuesday in the game that actually means something this international break, then so be it. But at the same time, you don't want this minor calf injury becoming something major — which could if the right kind of precautions aren't taken.

So, a message to Antonio Conte and his training staff: Don't mess with Giorgio, please. You of all people should know just how important he is to the Juventus squad — after his suspension is over, of course.

But who am I to judge? I'm just a guy who hates the international breaks — especially those that come exactly one weekend into the 2014-15 season. I'm sure glad I'm not alone in this notion, too.