When Sami Khedira was substituted out in favor of Stefano Sturaro at halftime of Juventus' 4-0 win over Chievo over the weekend, I couldn't help but worry about the reasoning behind it. Why? Because it's Khedira, and things like this are only natural based on the past. Don't blame me, blame his medical records.
JUVENTUS SUB: Sturaro on for Khedira— BWRAO (@JuventusNation) January 31, 2016
Hopefully this isn't injury related.
Juventus announced on Tuesday that Khedira will miss the next two to three weeks with a hamstring strain, meaning that he is the latest starter to be ruled out due to injury within the last week and is now a serious doubt for the first leg of Juve's Champions League Round of 16 matchup against Bayern Munich later this month. Here's the official word, courtesy of Juventus' website:
Absent from tomorrow's assignment at Juventus Stadium is Sami Khedira. After reporting continued discomfort in his right thigh after the game against Chievo, the midfielder underwent a series of medical tests. These revealed a torn adductor longus muscle which is expected to keep Khedira sidelined for two to three weeks.
You'll also notice that in Allegri's 21-man squad for Genoa's trip to Juventus Stadium on Wednesday night that there are two other noticeable things with the squad list. For one, Giorgio Chiellini is also an absentee, which might just be for rest considering there is no injury news being reported. Secondly, long-time injury absentee and on-loan midfielder Mario Lemina has returned for the first time in a long time. And seeing as Khedira is out, it's good to at least know that Juve aren't totally out down to the bare minimum when it comes to midfielders.
But when it comes to Khedira, I feel like there's only one thing to say about it: Dammit. (Throw in a couple of sarcastic thumbs up emojis in there, too, if you want.)
If there is one single player not named Kwadwo Asamoah who has absolutely horrible luck with injuries this season, need to look no further than Brother Sami. There was the lengthy injury absence within his first few weeks at the club, and now he can't seem to kick this minor yet annoying muscle strains that have kept him out a couple of weeks.
At least Sturaro is around. He has certainly proven to be a suitable replacement for Khedira.