We’re all scrambling to think of ways Juventus can deal with their current injury crisis situation in defense. Talk of which formations could be used have dominated the discussion because there’s still a month to go before any kind of reinforcements could arrive when the January transfer window opens up at the start of the new year.
Speaking of possible arrivals...
Call it VERY speculative, but "Fichajes" reports that Juve are prepared to recall Pol Lirola back from Sassuolo in January. #Juve— Mike Mac (@mikemacaroni) November 30, 2016
In case you’re wondering what Fichajes is, here’s the actual link to the report that says Lirola could come back to Turin from his current loan spell in January.
Let’s just go ahead and discuss this for a little bit, shall we?
Lirola was one of the brightest of the bright spots during Juventus’ preseason tour of Australia and Asia, getting a massive amount of playing time with most of Max Allegri’s regular starters away at either Euro 2016 or Copa América Centenario. Upon return from the preseason friendlies, Lirola moved to Sassuolo on a two-year loan that, for now, will keep him with the Serie A upstarts until the summer of 2018.
That’s unless Juventus recall him, of course.
Considering that Dani Alves is out for four months with a broken fibula, Stephan Lichtsteiner is the only natural right back that Allegri currently has at his disposal. Then you throw in injuries to Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli and the fact that both Giorgio Chiellini and Medhi Benatia haven’t been able to stay healthy for an extended period of time, Allegri’s options are and could be even that much more limited in the coming weeks.
So, yes, having a little more cover would be quite nice.
Who knows how much truth is actually behind this. But unlike rumors that will have Juventus dropping €25 million on somebody who could very well have absolutely no future in Turin, we know Lirola does. It’s just a matter of when that future actually takes place.