Injuries, injuries, injuries. There seems to be at least one of these injuries with every game that passes. One player comes back, another one or two get hurt. It’s a vicious cycle that doesn’t seem to have any kind of end point because just when you think it’s over, it’s not. Not even close, actually.
Juventus defenders Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves were the latest two to see their names added to the Serie A champions’ injury list. Bonucci was forced to be subbed off in the first half after what looked to be a hamstring injury. But the news for Alves is much, much worse, with the Brazilian fullback suffering a broken right fibula after going in for a second-half tackle. He was stretchered off immediately and Juve were forced to play the final 15 or so minutes down a man after manager Max Allegri had already used all three of his substitutions.
From Juventus’ official website just a short time after the final whistle sounded:
Juventus pair Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci have undergone preliminary medical examinations after they were withdrawn prematurely from Sunday’s match against Genoa.
The former was immediately taken to hospital where it was revealed that the Brazilian had fractured the fibula of his left leg. Bonucci meanwhile was taken off after straining the flexor muscles in his thigh. The respective conditions of both players will continue to be monitored in the coming days.
While no timetable has been suggested for Bonucci just yet, it is being reported that the fracture in the right leg will keep Alves out for up to four months. That, when you think about how gutted by injuries Juventus’ defense — and the team as a whole, really — means the options available to Allegri are going to be even fewer than they were before Sunday’s horror show at the Luigi Ferraris.
We said it when Gonzalo Higuain got injured and missed the 3-1 win over Sevilla: Where does Allegri go from here? As of right now, the amount of defenders available to Allegri could very well be the same as those who are completely healthy.
So now Juventus’ injury list looks like this:
- Leonardo Bonucci
- Dani Alves
- Paulo Dybala
- Marko Pjaca
- Andrea Barzagli
Have I ever told you I hate injuries? Because I do.