It wouldn't be the day after a Juventus game without some kind of injury news being told to all of us. That's the state of the players' injury troubles. One player returns, another one heads back to the training room to begin a rehabilitation program. Rinse and repeat. (Insert "Injuries are stupid" thoughts here.)
The latest injury-hit Juventus player is stirker Mario Mandzukic, who came off injured late in Sunday's 2-0 win over Genoa. The final verdict after medical examinations is that the big Croatian will miss the next three weeks — games against Frosinone, Napoli, Sevilla and Bologna — with a thigh injury. Here's what Juventus' official website had to say about the matter:
Missing out on training today were strike duo Mario Mandzukic and Alvaro Morata, who were both subjected to medical examinations after reporting injuries during the win over Genoa.
The Croatian forward's tests revealed a first-grade tear of the bicep femoris muscle in his right thigh, which will require a recovery period of 20 days.
Morata's medical checks ruled out any serious muscle damage in the abdominal region and his condition will continue to be monitored over the coming days.
Yeah, injuries suck. And writing about them all the time makes them even worse.
But I guess the good part in all of this is that there is some good injury news to report, and that involves the status of Morata, who had to come out of the win over Genoa in the first half with a groin injury.
The obvious beneficiary of this new Mandzukic injury will be Paulo Dybala, who has started only one of Juve's six games in all competitions this season. And if Morata is truly ready to go come Wednesday against Frosinone, maybe, just maybe, we'll get to see the Morata-Dybala partnership in whichever formation Max Allegri decides to go with the next couple of weeks. (Your guess is as good as mine at this point.) The same can be said for Simone Zaza, who made his first official appearance in a Juventus jersey against Genoa when he came on for Mandzukic in the 82nd minute.
Be well, Mario. And, please, let that "monitored over the coming days" portion of Morata's injury situation prove to be nothing at all. I think we've had our fill of injury news for the month, thank you very much.