Leonardo Bonucci spent Monday declaring that he has no intentions of leaving Juventus this summer amid transfer speculation that he's following former manager Antonio Conte to Chelsea. Come Tuesday night, he was forced to sweat the details of an upcoming medical examination on his suddenly injured knee.
This is because, on top of us not being able to have nice things, Bonucci had to be subbed off injured early in the second half of Italy's 4-1 dismantling at the hands of Germany in Munich. Carried off on a stretcher, this is what Bonucci, one of the few Juventus players on the roster to not be hit by the injury bug so far this season, had to say about his knee after the game:
"I heard a crack and I was in a bit of pain," the Juventus defender told Rai Sport.
"I do not know exactly where I got hurt. It could be anything.
"We'll see what the tests say tomorrow [Wednesday] and what happens next."
I'm nothing close to being considered a doctor, but when I hear an athlete in any sport say they heard a crack and then have to leave the game immediately, nothing close to good thoughts come rushing into my mind. You hear somebody say something cracked, you're thinking of how serious things are rather than if they will be available for the next game.
But in a season where it seems like just about everybody has been injured in some way or another, I guess we need to add Bonucci to the list.
With tests scheduled for Wednesday, we won't have to wait long to hear about just how bad this injury is and how long it will keep him out for. We all hope that this is another Claudio Marchisio instance where it's not as bad as first initially thought, but I just can't get that quote from above out of my head. Injuries, again, have proven to be stupid. You all probably know this by now.