Tuesday was a day of call-ups. There was the squad that was called up for Wednesday night's match with Genoa at Juventus Stadium. And, with there being a little game or two against Bayern Munich laying in the distance, it was the day that Juventus submitted their Champions League squad for the upcoming knockout stages.
There is still no Simone Padoin, but there is a Kwadwo Asamoah added to the mix after the Ghanian midfielder was left out of the Champions League squad for the group stage. Here is the rest of the rest of the squad for the knockout stage, as posted on Juventus' official website Tuesday night:
There are no surprises up there. And when it comes to which players were left out and the one added, it's a logical choice to say the least. The substitution of Asamoah for Mario Lemina doesn't only give us a sign about what the latter's prospects of staying with Juventus may be, but also what the club thinks about the former's potential impact may be compared to the other.
Obviously not all of these players will be on the bench when Juve take on Bayern on Tuesday, Feb. 23. We now know that the trio of Asamoah, Sami Khedira and Mario Mandzukic will all be racing to reach match fitness thanks to the respective injuries they have picked up in the last week or so. Let's just hope that those recovery times are accurate and that we're not sitting here a month later waiting for somebody who was only supposed to be out a couple weeks still trying to get healthy. That would be ... not very good, if you ask me.