After a whirlwind Friday filled with sad feelings, misdiagnosis and subsequently a whole lot of relief, the latest turn in the Claudio Marchisio knee injury-turned-major scare is upon us. And it's thanks to our friends over at Tuttosport, no less.
Marchisio won't be out for six or eight months like originally thought, so we know that's great news. But could Marchisio, who has been oh so good this season, be back for Empoli's visit to Juventus Stadium next weekend? That's what Tuttosport is suggesting ... maybe.
According to Sunday's edition of Tuttosport, Marchisio will be good to go for the first leg of Juventus' Champions League quarterfinal against Monaco on April 14. But when it comes to Juve's game against Empoli in Turin less than a week from now, that's still to be determined. Max Allegri, understandably, won't even consider rushing the 29-year-old midfielder back from injury.
However, if Marchisio is training with the group like some folks in the Italian media suggest, then it will cap off what has been a remarkable four-day period where we've gone from his season being over to thinking Marchisio might actually play in Juventus' first game coming out of the international break.
All of this, of course, comes off the back of Juventus announcing late Friday that Marchisio is "day-to-day" and not out for the season like the Italian national team declared earlier in the day. (That was a fun day, wasn't it? And yes, you're still allowed to laugh at the Italy training staff for completely botching that diagnosis.)
Maybe that day truly will be Monday when Juventus resumes training. Maybe it's next week after Juventus plays Empoli and starts to prepare for the Coppa Italia second leg against Fiorentina. We just have to wait right now, mainly because that's what happens when somebody's injury is declared day-to-day. So pull up a char and get comfortable, everybody.