Giorgio Chiellini, Claudio Marchisio and Mario Mandzukic have not been included by manager Max Allegri in Juventus’ traveling party for the team’s trip to France to take on Lyon in the Champions League group stage, the club announced after training on Monday afternoon.
The trio joins a handful of players who missed out on Juve’s 2-1 win over Udinese on Saturday in the five-time defending champions’ return from the international break. Besides Kwadwo Asamoah, Daniele Rugani and Marko Pjaca, the list of players who are unavailable due to injury — or, in Marchisio’s case, continued recovery from a long-term injury — has now suddenly doubled.
Here is the explanation we got as to why those three aren’t included in the squad that will making the trip from Italy to France on Monday in preparation for Tuesday night’s game against Lyon:
Among those players to remain in Turin are Giorgio Chiellini, whose condition is being monitored at present, Claudio Marchisio, who resumes his personalised programme en route to recovery, and Mario Mandzukic, who picked up a muscular strain in his right adductor region, the extent of which will be evaluated in the coming days.
Chiellini being excluded from the traveling squad was pretty much expected seeing as he’s on a day-to-day evaluation program, something we’ve known about for a couple of days now. Marchisio’s omission, as well, is somewhat expected seeing as he is just back from his six-month recovery from major knee surgery. But Mandzukic is the one that catches you off guard for the simple fact that there was no word of an injury following his start against Udinese two days earlier.
Here is the full squad list that will be facing Lyon on Tuesday:
12 Alex Sandro
23 Dani Alves
So if you wanted to see Moise Kean included in Juventus’ match day squad for more than just one random Serie A game, then you’ve got it. And for all of the Yoan Severin fanboys out there, you now get to see your favorite primavera defender head back to the country he grew up in.
Who knows if any of these injuries will alter what the Italian press has been predicting will be a 3-5-2 formation Allegri will go back to against Lyon. There are still those mainstay options for a 3-5-2, it’s just the fact that Allegri’s depth on the bench has been seemingly zapped is what will be interesting to see as the game goes by on Tuesday night.