The days where we don't get some kind of injury news after a game are long gone. Luckily for us, this has nothing to do with any new injuries, which is a pleasant change from what we've been dealing with the last couple of weeks.
Instead, we got updates on those we already know are injured in Juventus' Thursday training report. Behold, the latest — and certainly not greatest because injuries are the bane of our existence as Juve fans this season — news regarding the current statuses of Giorgio Chiellini, Claudio Marchisio and Paulo Dybala:
Transferring directly from the airport to Vinovo, the players involved in the second leg in Bavaria underwent a thorough warm-down session to recharge their batteries in the build-up to Sunday afternoon's Derby Della Mole at Torino's Stadio Olimpico (kick-off 15.00 CET). Meanwhile, those not given game time in Munich focused on fitness drills.
Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Marchisio will not be fit in time for the fixture against Giampiero Ventura's charges, while Paulo Dybala trained separately from the rest of the squad and his condition is being monitored day by day.
Seeing as Marchisio was ruled out for three weeks on Tuesday, him missing out on the derby with the team his wife just so happened to support as a child isn't surprising at all. We probably won't be seeing Marchisio until the first week of April, when Juve will have just come out of the final international break of the 2015-16 season. And considering we don't truly have a timetable in terms of how long Chiellini will be out for, then I guess we should expect him to be out until we hear he's actually training with the main first-team group once again.
But Dybala is the one injury we're all wondering about.
Max Allegri let it be known at his pre-match press conference that it was his decision to keep Dybala out of the decisive second leg against Bayern Munich. While he said the injury wasn't serious, Allegri admitted that if Dybala had played against Bayern then there would have some serious risk of the situation getting worse and the talented Argentine potentially missing the rest of the season. Yeah, so apparently that was a distinct possibility.
And even though Juve are working with a slim three-point lead in Serie A, Allegri is proving to be more than just a little cautious with his No. 1 striker and goal-scoring threat. Could be worse, I guess.