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Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio ruled out three weeks with thigh injury

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It's never a good sign when Juventus' official website posts something like this in one of their training recaps:

Absent from today's workout, however, was Claudio Marchisio, due to a slight muscular strain in his right thigh. The midfielder will undergo medical checks in the next few hours.

That's usually because it will result in something like this:

Claudio Marchisio will be sidelined for approximately 20 days after medical examinations revealed a first-grade proximal myotendinous junction tear in his right rectus femoris muscle.

The midfielder missed out on training today and will now commence his rehabilitation programme.

Dammit. Dammit all to hell.

Claudio Marchisio has become the latest Juventus player to suffer some sort of preseason injury. He joins the list of the walking wounded that already includes Sami Khedira, Álvaro Morata and Kwadwo Asamoah. And even with one of those injured players, defender Giorgio Chiellini, returning to training on the same day Marchisio was forced out due to injury, we don't know for sure when he'll be available to play 90 minutes, either.

But we're here to talk about Marchisio and what his absence means for Juve's makeshift midfield at the moment.

Who will be Juve's holding midfielder for the next couple of weeks? Maybe Stefano Sturaro or even Simone Padoin? Do all these injury problems mean somebody like Mauricio Isla might get a shot as a makeshift central midfielder? Missing Khedira is one thing, but now being without Marchisio for the next few weeks just seems to kinda throw everything out of whack — both in terms of where he plays and his importance to the squad as a whole.

The only good thing about the timing of this injury is that there's an international break just two weekends away, so it's not like Marchisio will be missing a huge chunk of the Juventus schedule. However, the two games he will miss are pretty decent ones — Udinese in the season opener this weekend and then Juve's trip to Rome to face Rudi Garcia, his imaginary violin and Roma.