When it comes to luck with injuries over the last couple of years, Federico Mattiello has had absolutely none of it. He suffered a grusome injury while on loan at Chievo two seasons ago. And to make matters worse, suffered the same injury upon his return, meaning that he basically played all of a handful of minutes within a calendar year.
After spending a year back in Turin to (understandably) get 100 percent healthy once again, Mattiello is set to try and jumpstart his once-promising career.
In a short statement on the club’s website, Juventus announced on Monday that the soon-to-be 22-year-old Mattiello has joined Serie A new boys Spal on loan for the 2017-18 season.
Juventus Football Club can confirm today that Federico Mattiello has joined Spal on a season-long loan for the 2017/18 season.
The 21-year-old full-back has won the Coppa Italia and the Super Cup with the Primavera (in 2013) and last season’s Serie A and Coppa Italia titles with the first team.
The club thanks Federico for his commitment and dedication every day in training and wishes him the very best for this new experience.
OFFICIAL: Federico Mattiello joins @spalferrara on a season-long loan deal: https://t.co/KYdhnHL5v9 pic.twitter.com/IdNIqvAZ6e— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 3, 2017
Spal also confirmed the news on their official website on Monday evening.
Mattiello was part of a three-player day of signings for Spal on Monday, with the club announcing that Luca Rizzo and Marios Oikonomou also moved to the club from Bologna.
Federico Mattiello arriva in biancazzurro in prestito dalla @juventusfc. #ForzaSPAL https://t.co/SaLAHf7oyH— SPAL (@spalferrara) July 3, 2017
Before his injury troubles, Mattiello was one of the brightest youngsters to come out of the Juventus youth academy in a good amount of time. That speaks to both Mattiello’s qualities as a player, but also the lack of quality that the academy has produced ever since the likes of Claudio Marchisio and Sebastian Giovinco graduated to the senior team.
Now we get to see what a year of training with Juventus’ senior team as well as a nice period without any injuries — that we know of, at least — can do to see if he can discover the potential he had when he was a teenager rising up the ranks.