Federico Mattiello was involved in one of the more horrific and cringe-worthy injuries to take place in Serie A over the last few seasons back in March. Because of that, you're going to have to go searching for the highlight film if you choose to relive that moment against Roma 16 months ago.
And after seeing his 2014-15 season come to an end in less-than-desirable fashion, the young midfielder is heading back to the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi for another loan spell, Juventus announced on Friday evening.
The official announcement, courtesy of Juventus' new-look website:
Federico Mattiello will spend the 2015/16 campaign at Chievo after agreeing to return to the Stadio Bentegodi on loan.
The deal for the 19-year-old midfielder, who joined the Gialloblu on a temporary basis in February, also includes an option of a permanent transfer should both parties be in agreement.
The interesting part in all of this is that very last part where Chievo has the option to buy Mattiello outright at this point next season. Maybe that has something to do with co-ownership no longer being around, or the fact that Mattiello is coming off a serious injury. Whatever the case may be, Mattiello could come back to Juventus after his second loan spell with Chievo, or he could say right where he is and become fully owned by the Flying Donkeys.
Before the injury, Mattiello had cracked Chievo's lineup, starting back-to-back games against Milan and Roma. Obviously he won't be ready to go before the 2015-16 season gets underway, but Chievo clearly rate the soon-to-be 20-year-old, and it's a good spot for him to get playing time when he does return from his broken leg.
Let's just hope that he returns as healthy as he can be and plays well upon his comeback. If anything, Mattiello coming back from a horrendous broken leg will be a good story no matter what his future is with the four-time Italian champions.