Upon further confirmation that we can't have nice things, the reports of Claudio Marchisio being injured and subsequently missing out on Juventus' Champions League trip to Bayern Munich are 100 percent a reality. Oh, and if that wasn't enough, we have a brand new injury to smack us right in the face. Talk about kicking us while we're down.
Juventus has announced that both Marchisio and star striker Paulo Dybala won't be on the flight to Germany to take on Bayern on Wednesday night. Instead of fighting for their Champions League lives with a relatively full strength starting lineup, Max Allegri is now set to field a squad that is without two of its most important players at the Allianz Arena.
Remember how I've said all season long that injuries are stupid? Here's another reminder of that very fact.
The injury-related details for all the guys and gals to read about, courtesy of Juventus' official website:
Paulo Dybala and Claudio Marchisio will both miss out on Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
After reporting discomfort during yesterday's training session, today's medical examinations taken by the Argentine revealed a swollen soleus muscle. He will therefore remain in Turin where his condition will be monitored ahead of Sunday's Serie A fixture against Torino.
Marchisio, meanwhile, reported discomfort in his left calf during Monday's workout. Tests conducted yesterday evening showed up a first-grade tear in his soleus muscle, an injury which is expected to keep the midfielder out for 20 days.
First, this is crap.
Second, this is going to be crap no matter what else you tell me.
Third, man, I sure hope the good version of Álvaro Morata in the Champions League shows up. He seemed to do pretty well the last time he played on German soil in the Round of 16, if I'm not mistaken.
The Marchisio news is a little easier to take because it was expected. When reports surfaced late Monday night, everything pointed toward him missing the Bayern match and a few weeks after that. There is no surprise that Marchisio will miss three weeks based on what we heard about 12 hours ago. But Dybala, that's a bit of injury news that is completely out of the blue. He goes from the player looked to lead the offense in a game where goals are certainly going to be scored to now being forced to stay back in Turin.
Oh, Mario Mandzukic is a doubt and Giorgio Chiellini is training apart from the main group again Tuesday afternoon. So if you were thinking either one of those guys were going to be starting on Wednesday night, then I guess you will have to adjust those expectations just the slightest bit.