Over the last few weeks, Juventus have proven they can win games without their leading goal scorer, Paulo Dybala, in the starting lineup. That doesn't mean we don't want to welcome La Joya back into the lineup ASAP. That's basically because you want a player of Dybala's quality playing as much as he possibly can within reason.
Well, folks, it sounds like we are getting pretty close to seeing Dybala on the field once again.
That's good. We've missed you, Paulo.
As he seemed to directly or indirectly hint at in an interview on Monday, Dybala's return to the field could very well be happening this weekend against his former team, Palermo, at Juventus Stadium on Sunday. It would be the first time in nearly a month we've seen Dybala on the field in a Juve jersey after he picked up an injury in the first half of the Turin derby on March 20. Here are his words, courtesy of Juventus' official website:
"There's a great spirit in the dressing room at the moment. Naturally we're delighted with the way we have overhauled Napoli and established an important lead in the last few months but we're also aware that the job is not done yet.
"As for me, I'm feeling good, training well and looking forward to returning to action soon. It'll be strange facing off against Palermo again having played there for three years. Old team or not, I'll be thinking only of taking Juventus one step closer to the title."
If there's one team Dybala makes his return for, it makes sense that it's Palermo considering how much respect that young guy seems to have for his former employer. And knowing how much of a mess Palermo is right now, having a player with Dybala's capabilities on the field will be even that much more helpful when it comes to continuing this final charge toward the Scudetto.
Even with Dybala missing the last couple of games, he's still tied for second in the league in goals scored (14), and even with teammate Paul Pogba in assists (8). Juventus have been getting by just fine with Álvaro Morata and Mario Mandzukic in this post-international break world, but it sure will be nice to see Dybala on the field and hopefully 100 percent healthy again.
The last thing we need is to see is a repeat of when he had to be subbed off before halftime against Torino last month. But by the way he's talking, Dybala is sick and tired of being forced to watch his teammates pick up wins from the stands or at home with his family. (Don't lie, you know you wanna watch a game with the Dybala family, though.)