This time, the serious injury to Claudio Marchisio's knee ended up being true, not poorly diagnosed.
It was originally thought that the medical exams would be on Monday. But instead, Juventus announced about three hours after the 4-0 win over Palermo that Marchisio, who had to be stretchered off in the first half, will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL in his left knee. The injury happened after Marchisio went in for a tackle against Palermo playmaker Franco Vazquez, with the aftermath being the picture above.
Here is the official statement regarding Marchisio's injury:
An MRI scan has confirmed that Claudio Marchisio has suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He will undergo surgery in the next few days.
As you can see, no timetable given. Not that we should be surprised about that, I guess. The fact that he is going to be out for the rest of the season — and the 2016 European Championship this summer — is basically a given now. I would like to think once Marchisio actually undergoes his surgery is when we'll know just how many months he will be missing.
Let's just hope, considering the timing of it all, it doesn't stretch into next season all that much.
If the direction Max Allegri went after Marchisio had to be subbed out is any indication of who will be filling Marchisio's shoes — or at least trying to — in his absence, then maybe we'll be seeing a lot more of Mario Lemina in the final five games of the season. That could a pretty good deal for Lemina, who obviously has a little thing like his future in Turin to iron out this summer.
Above all else, though. we wish Claudio all the best in his return. And while he is going to be out a good amount of months, hopefully it's not too many months.
Yeah, what he said. He knows a thing or two about this sort of injury.