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Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal misses training on Monday due to tonsillitis

Uh oh.

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There are things you are totally okay with hearing about two days before a decisive Champions League quarterfinal match. Then there are things you don't even want any kind of piece of two days before a decisive Champions League match that Juventus just so happens to be taking a 1-0 aggregate lead into.

Consider the next sentence you will read more of the latter than the former.

Missing out was Arturo Vidal, with the midfielder currently suffering from a light bout of tonsillitis. His availability for Tuesday's sitting will be monitored in the morning.


Arturo Vidal is suffering from a bout with acute tonsillitis. Of course he is. It comes right as he is getting back in form and starting to resemble the Vidal of old. Of course. It comes right as Juventus are about to travel to France and try to qualify for the Champions League semifinals for the first time in over a decade. Of course, of course, of course.

The 'light bout' is the good part of it, I guess. Everything else? Not so much.

Yet this is the complete opposite of what we wanted to hear less than 48 hours before Juve make the trip to Monaco for the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday night. Vidal has been playing so well as of late, and with Paul Pogba already out injured, it will be another blow to a Juventus side that is playing its best football of the season over the last four or six weeks.

Let us hope that the Tuesday morning examination brings good news and that Vidal is on the traveling party list announced by Max Allegri later in the day.

At least Allegri has four healthy central midfielders to choose from if Vidal is to miss out on Wednesday night's second leg. I'll take a Roberto Pereyra-Andrea Pirlo-Claudio Marchisio midfield in a 3-5-2 formation if VIdal isn't able to go from the start. That isn't full strength, but it's far from the end of the world. (At least we hope.)