Friday was the day that Martín Cáceres started to look to the future. The exact amount of time, according to Juventus' official website, will be five months after the Uruguayan defender underwent surgery to repair his torn right Achilles tendon. Maybe it will be a big longer, maybe a week or two shorter, but Cáceres' season has definitely come to an end.
But can we say the same about Cáceres' Juventus career as a whole?
Well, that's what we're here to discuss.
Caceres will try to return to the pitch within 5 months, but the question is with which team since his contract with Juventus expires in June. While there haven't been recent discussions between the bianconeri and Caceres' agent, the situation will be cleared up one way or the other in the next few days. Caceres is waiting to see where he'll play next while he heals from his recent injury.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
So, basically, there seems to be two options here.
- Juventus give a player who has been good while healthy a chance to prove he will still be a quality reserve when he returns to action next season. Or...
- Juventus come to the conclusion that they can move on without Cáceres next season and seek a replacement come the summer transfer window.
See? That was simple enough. Obviously making the decision won't be as easy as that. Or at least we think it may be.
It's one of those situations where you can see things going either way and it will make sense. If Juventus wants to bring Cáceres — even with his injury history and dealing with this major setback — back, then it's not like the squad is going to be worse off because of it. But if Juventus choose to move on into next season without Cáceres and sign somebody else, then that makes sense, too.
Right now, we don't know which direction Juve will go. I guess that's why we need to be patient and play the waiting game. Surely how Cáceres rehabs over the next month or two will play into things. But, no matter what, this definitely isn't the last we've heard of Cáceres and his future with Juventus.