Because we didn't need anything else to worry about this week, we have brand new injury news when it comes to one of the most important players in Juventus' starting lineup, defender Giorgio Chiellini. Here's the first three paragraphs from juventus.com's Wednesday training session roundup:
With three days remaining until Saturday's Champions League final against Barcelona, Juventus returned to Vinovo for their penultimate training session on Italian soil ahead of Friday's departure for Berlin.
Detailed tactical preparation was the main ingredient of today's workout, with Andrea Barzagli joining the group for the entire sitting.
Giorgio Chiellini, on the other hand, was forced to make an early departure after reporting discomfort in his left calf. His condition will be assessed tomorrow.
As you can see, there's some good news in there. But also some not-so-good news. You can decide as to which one is more important.
The good news is that Barzagli is back training after he — and to an extent all of us as well — was hanging in day-to-day limbo for more than a week after injuring his thigh in the first half against Napoli. No more reason to fret if Barzagli will be healthy to face Barcelona on Saturday night. The fact that he's training right now means he basically won't be around for a day and then try to jump right back into the fray if the situation calls for it.
And having Barzagli back also means something else...
The fact that Barzagli will be healthy and ready to play is even that much more important seeing as we don't know how severe Chiellini's injury is right now. All we know is what is said above — that he left training early because of the injury to his left calf. That's it. We don't know if Chiellini will be back training tomorrow or Friday. We don't know if this will cost Chiellini a chance to play in the Champions League final against Barcelona. We just don't know much of anything right now outside of the fact that when training ended on Wednesday, there was one fewer player taking part than when it began.
Much like Barzagli a week or two ago, all that is left to do is to wait. And when you consider the timing of the injury, there might not be a bigger spotlight cast on the results of Chiellini's medical tests. Just a hunch on my part, though.