Just when it looked as though Max Allegri was going to have close to an entire squad to choose from for the immediate future, the Juventus manager has now seen two of his options in the center of the pitch disappear into the physio's room.
Here are two of the latest injuries, via Juventus' official website — one we knew about (but didn't know the timetable), and unfortunately, the guy who came in to replace him on Sunday against Atalanta:
After leaving the field of play during the first half against the Nerazzurri, Roberto Pereyra underwent medical exams today which revealed a second-grade tear of the semimembranosus muscle in his right thigh. The Argentine is expected to be able to return to action within approximately 40 days.
Kwadwo Asamoah also checked in for tests today, which showed that the Ghanaian had suffered a first-grade tear of the femoral bicep in his left thigh. The midfielder's recovery period has been estimated at approximately 20 days.
This season, man.
The day-after-a-game-injury-report news post on the Juventus website was a guarantee for Pereyra following his first-half exit from Juve's 2-0 win on Sunday. Tuttosport had reported earlier in the day on Monday that Pereyra would be out 20 days with his injury. We know that it's much longer than just a 20-day stop. The timetable for Pereyra's injury means he'll be out until the start of December in all likelihood. And if that's the case, he'd certainly be needed, with Juventus' first three games in December being away to Lazio, away to Sevilla in the Champions League group stage finale and then home to Fiorentina.
The unexpected part of the injury news equation is obviously Asamoah, who played decently in his most amount of game action in nearly 12 months. The fact alone that Asamoah went nearly 70 minutes on the field after replacing Pereyra in the starting lineup. My first thought when Asamoah came on the field? "This should be the start of Asamoah making a serious push for lots of playing time in midfield." Well...
For the next couple of weeks, that won't be happening. If the 20-day absence proves to be exactly that, Asamoah will return come the beginning of the post-international break set of games in mid-November, which starts at home against Milan. And knowing Asamoah's injury history as of late, you really do hope it's just three weeks out and that we see plenty of pictures of the Ghanian midfielder going through drills while his teammates are on international duty next month.
Just another couple of stupid injuries if you ask me. Then again, when aren't they stupid? Yeah, basically.