In a season where injuries have pretty much been the constant, Juventus manager Max Allegri may well be without his star summer signing come the biggest European game of the 2016-17 season.
According to a Tuttosport report on Monday morning, Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is considered “a doubt” for the Serie A leader’s Champions League showdown with Sevilla in Spain. Higuain reportedly picked up the knock — which seems to be some sort of thigh injury — during Juve’s 3-0 win over relegation battlers Pescara at Juventus Stadium on Saturday night.
And just in case you were wondering if this was just Tuttosport being Tuttosport, well, it looks as though Higuain is not present with the rest of the team during Juve’s final training session before they board the plane for Spain in a couple of hours.
So, in case you’re wondering what Allegri will be asked about during his press conference after Juventus arrive in Spain, I’m pretty sure this will be one of the first discussion points.
Juventus, already playing without strikers Paulo Dybala and Marko Pjaca, could very well be down to one senior squad striker if Higuain isn’t ready to go. Most predicted lineups on Sunday had Higuain starting alongside Mario Mandzukic in Juve’s trademark 3-5-2 formation. But now, considering the Tuttosport report and no sign of Higuain at training on Monday morning, things could very well change. We probably won’t be able to #MakeSomeMoise at opening kickoff, but there could be a Juan Cuadrado sighting from the first minute onward because of this latest injury development.
More injuries. Wonderful. Just what you want to hear about entering a game with so much importance riding on it like Tuesday’s trip to the Estadio Sanchez-Pizjuan.