Very rarely over the past few seasons have we gotten word about Juventus injuries so quickly after a game has ended like we did on Saturday. Because of that, you had to figure that the news was not going to be all that encouraging when it came to the two players we were expecting to hear about.
We’ve gotten that news now. And yep, not good.
Juventus has announced that defender Daniele Rugani and midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, both injured in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Palermo in Sicily, will be out for the next seven to eight weeks with their respective knee injuries. Here is the official word, courtesy of the daily training update on Juventus’ website:
Elsewhere at J-Medical, the extent of the injuries sustained by Daniele Rugani and Kwadwo Asamoah were clarified following medical examinations today. The tests revealed that Asamoah has ruptured the meniscus cartilage, while Rugani has strained the lateral collateral ligament, both in the right knee.
The former is expected to undergo surgery with both players anticipated to return within around 45 days.
And so it begins.
Considering that Claudio Marchisio was previously the only long-term injury, Juventus had enough cover in the midfield to deal with something like this happening — especially to Asamoah, who has become more of a reserve than a starter since Miralem Pjanic came back from his own injury issues after the international break. But in Rugani’s case, it’s a little different. Medhi Benatia is currently out as well, meaning Max Allegri is suddenly down to just three healthy central defender until Benatia returns — which is something we’re not exactly all too sure about since he’s been “day-to-day” for the last week.
I guess the one positive is that there is an international break almost here that will knock two of those seven or eight weeks off the tally without any games taking place. Still, it’s not like the schedule is going to suddenly let up when the next international break comes to an end in the middle of October. Nope, definitely not happening.
Okay, fine, I’ll say it again: Injuries are stupid. They should just go away forever.