The last time we saw Marko Pjaca play at the senior level, he was writhing in pain after suffering a major knee injury. We knew he’d be out a while not long after the injury took place, with the only thing unknown is when, exactly, Pjaca would return to Juventus’ active roster.
That day may very well be soon.
Very, very soon.
Let’s go to the front page of Friday’s edition of Tuttosport, shall we?
You don’t need to be fluent in Italian to get a sense of what “PJACA IL RITORNO” is all about.
This involves Pjaca getting back on the field. Or, ‘The Return,’ as Tuttosport has dubbed it on Friday morning.
And, for what it’s worth, Pjaca was not included in the primavera squad for this weekend’s game against Udinese, so there’s that little piece of information, too.
What does this all mean?
Well, for one, is that Pjaca is finally healthy enough to try and restart what was a career in Turin that didn’t get off to the best of starts. Not only did he not get many starts, the clear sign that he was trying to impress at every opportunity possible probably hurt his cause rather than helped his game.
Tuttosport suggests that Pjaca’s return could very well come next week against Genoa in the Coppa Italia. But with him not being included in the primavera squad, a return to the senior squad seems like it’s the next logical step after working to regain some semblance of match fitness for the better part of the last month.
Pjaca’s agent had this to say about his client’s status these days:
“Juventus won’t even listen to offers though, [Coach Max] Allegri has always had important words for Pjaca, and that will be another motivation.
“Marko tells me he’s feeling good and he’s ready to make his return, for a few minutes starting from the bench.”
(Source: Football Italia)
It soon may well be Pjaca time again, folks. And hey, at the very least, he can hang out with Federico Bernardeschi on the bench ... right? (I’ll see myself out.)