As we already know, it wouldn't be an international break unless some Juventus player got injured. And as we also know, Juventus defender Martín Cáceres has a tendency to get injured on a pretty regular basis. (Dammit, Cáceres,) So, consider it a perfect storm of sorts when the two meet each other and the Uruguayan's return to Turin involves medical examinations.
Here is the official diagnosis, courtesy of Juventus' website:
After injuring both ankles on international duty with Uruguay, Martin Caceres returned to Vinovo this afternoon for an MRI scan. The tests revealed that the defender had sprained his left ankle, while bruising the right one.
Caceres is expected to be able to return to action within approximately 10 - 15 days.
Yes, this is the same Cáceres who was widely considered to be returning from his club-mandated indefinite suspension when the international break was over. We don't know officially when the suspension will come to an end, but pretty much all the media reports out of Italy suggested that the first game back out of the international break seemed like a logical return date for Cáceres.
Instead, we're hearing and reading about him being injured — again — rather than making a comeback to the field. And it's all because of this 50-50 challenge against Juventus teammate Juan Cuadrado in Uruguay's match against Colombia earlier in the week.
Cuadrado vs Caceres. #URUvsCOL pic.twitter.com/3uqarzpQ12— Khaled Al Nouss (@KhaledAlNouss) October 13, 2015
That's Juventus-on-Juventus crime. If they aren't getting hurt against somebody else, they're injuring each other. You can't make this kind of stuff up this time.
As you can see, the right ankle goes crashing into the ball and Cuadrado's attempt on goal. And, as that is happening, Cáceres' other ankle gets stuck in the turf and turns a way an ankle isn't supposed to turn while a high-impact play is taking place at the same time. That's just not possible. And when you've got two legs and two ankles going in completely opposite directions while you're trying to absorb the impact as much as you can,
So much for having an option at right back coming out of the international break. Well, somebody other than Simone Padoin if you want to go in that direction. That quasi 3-5-2/4-3-3 is going to be around for a little while longer, folks.