Ah, injury updates. Welcome back to our regular Juventus state of mind.
We have this from Juve’s official website after Friday morning’s training session:
Giorgio Chiellini and Federico Bernardeschi trained separately as they work towards recovering from their respective injuries. Juan Cuadrado, however, did not take part in today’s session after reporting inflammation in the adductor muscles in his right leg, meaning that he will not be available for Sunday.
Meanwhile, Marko Pjaca will gain more match practice with the Primavera in tomorrow’s match against Sassuolo (13.00 CET kick-off).
Bernardeschi and Chiellini being on the road back to full fitness is something we already knew about, with the former being ruled out by Max Allegri at his pre-match press conference while the latter was an injury absentee that we knew about a couple of hours before Juventus faced Barcelona.
But Cuadrado is the injury that we didn’t know about coming out of the scoreless draw against Barcelona on Wednesday night. And for him to already be ruled out for Sunday’s game against Crotone, it’s obviously not something that will be fully healed in a day or two. (Counterpoint: It’s a game against a Crotone side that only has three wins in its first 13 league games this season, so it’s not like Juve are going to risk somebody who might be a question mark entering the game.)
It sure is unfortunate that Bernardeschi’s injury comes at the same time as Cuadrado’s seeing as one would have stepped in for another against Crotone. But hey, it probably means more playing time for Douglas Costa.