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Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio participates in part of Thursday’s training session

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So did Stefano Sturaro, but the emphasis here is CLAUDIO MARCHISIO.

Juventus Press Conference Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

The problem with lengthy injury absences is that it’s simply a waiting game. Players go to work each day, participate in training drills that are usually completely different than those of their teammates. We don’t get to see much of training from here on the outside, so unless we hear something to the contrary, we just assume everything is going just fine and said player is on the road to recovery.

Outside of reports surrounding a possible return date, we haven’t heard much about Claudio Marchisio’s rehab and recovery from his ACL tear that he suffered late last season. Until a couple of hours ago, that is.

From Juventus’ recap of Thursday’s training session:

Two days before the Bianconeri resume their Serie A season with this weekend’s visit of Sassuolo, Massimiliano Allegri welcomed back to training two of his players from international duty in Miralem Pjanic and Dani Alves, involved in World Cup qualifiers over the past week with Bosnia and Brazil respectively.

Meanwhile, Claudio Marchisio and Stefano Sturaro, both making recoveries from injury, were able to take part for a section of today’s session, dedicated primarily to technical and tactical drills in view of Saturday’s encounter against the Neroverdi at Juventus Stadium (kick-off at 20.45 CEST).

No offense to Stefano Sturaro here because he seems like a nice guy and all, but...

Claudio Marchisio.

Claudio Marchisio.

Claudio Marchisio.

Claudio Marchisio.

Claudio Marchisio.

Yes, even the fact that Marchisio is joining the big group for a portion of a regular training session is a big deal. That’s because the injury that Marchisio sustained last April against Palermo was anything but some kind of low-key deal. We knew pretty much right away that the recovery time was going to be lengthy and that it would drag into the next season.

We don’t truly know for sure yet when Marchisio will be back in a game. Or even taking part in a complete training session, for that matter. But this is a step, a big step, in the right direction. Whether it’s October or November, Marchisio is on the right track. This is a very, very good thing.