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Reports: Juventus winger Marko Pjaca set to return to training next week

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Juventus already has one Croatian out on the wings. There could be another one returning quite soon.

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Every now and then through the first two months of the current Serie A season, we will see a comment posted on this here website that goes along the lines of “What’s up with Marko Pjaca?” We know he’s working his way back from a serious knee injury that he suffered on international duty at the end of March, but we didn’t know when, exactly, Pjaca would return to training with his teammates.

Well, maybe we do know now.

According to reports from Sky Sport Italia and La Gazzetta dello Sport, the 22-year-old Croatian is just a few short days away from ditching side work for the chance to train with the full group for the first time in six months. Pjaca, who cost Juventus €23 million a year and a half ago, is expected to be part of Juve’s training sessions with Max Allegri at some point next week.

However, before we all go crazy declaring that Pjaca is back — which is slowly getting to be the case — there’s a catch.

Just because he’s back training doesn’t mean it’s full-on, all-systems-go kind of training. As both Sky Italia and the GDS point out, Pjaca’s return to training will only be partially, meaning that it’s like he’s going to be there on a part-time basis while he slowly ramps up to trying to find full fitness.

But it’s a step in the right direction. A vey, very good step in the right direction.

And, in case you’re wondering, it’s not like Pjaca hasn’t been doing anything over the last handful of weeks. We know that because he basically showed us that himself last week. (As well as his preferred training gear stylings.)

“Who wears short shorts...”