So, maybe we don't need to be as sad as a couple of hours ago.
After returning from international duty on Friday afternoon, Claudio Marchisio underwent medical examinations conducted by Juventus' club doctors and Dr. Flavio Quaglia.
The 29-year-old then underwent an MRI scan on his right knee this evening. The tests, supervised by Dr. Carlo Faletti at Turin's Fornaca Clinic, ruled positive, excluding the possibility of a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament.
Marchisio will now rest and his condition is to be monitored on a day-to-day basis.
Uh, so yeah. About that whole thing where Claudio Marchisio is out for the rest of the season because his ACL was in need of some repairs...
The obvious plot twist is that Juventus has announced the original diagnosis from earlier today about Marchisio's ACL being torn can essentially be thrown right out the window. (You can point and laugh at the Italy doctors, but that option is optional at this point.) The diagnosis of "day-to-day" doesn't really say a lot in terms of how long he will truly be out, but it's definitely a vast improvement over the grim news that came out of the Italian national team camp Friday afternoon.
It's confusing, sure, but it's also better than the original reports suggested.
I guess now all we do is wait. Not only to see how Marchisio's knee heals, but also when his return actually takes place. Having something listed as 'day-to-day' can mean exactly that, or it can be evaluated on a daily basis for a month without much improvement.
And knowing how this day has gone with one diagnosis essentially canceling the other one out, I'm going to just wait for the next injury update to come our way. Hopefully it's another step forward like the one above.
- Claudio Marchisio's season is over
- Marco Storari optimistic about extending his Juventus contract
- Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri wins prestigious Bearzot award
- Andrea Barzagli is back to being his pre-injury self once again
- Report: Paulo Dybala prefers Juventus move despite interest from Arsenal