The good thing about having the depth at fullback that Juventus currently has is that Alex Sandro can miss a few games and the defense doesn’t even seem to miss a beat.
The even better thing?
We don’t have to worry about Sandro being injured anymore.
After returning to training earlier this week, Sandro was included in Juventus’ traveling party to Switzerland ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League group stage final against Young Boys, the club announced as they prepared to leave for Bern Tuesday afternoon. With Emre Can making his own return from injury over the weekend against Inter Milan and it completely unknown as to when Sami Khedira will be fit again, Sandro was pretty much the only injured player who’s status we were really interested in knowing about when Max Allegri’s squad list was released Tuesday.
And there was No. 12 back where he belonged.
Whether Sandro will play from the start is something that remains to be seen. And with the way that Mattia De Sciglio has been playing in Sandro’s absence, keeping the 27-year-old Brazilian on the bench isn’t totally out of the question ... or something that we should have a problem with. My gut is telling me that whichever one of Sandro and De Sciglio doesn’t start on Wednesday night against Young Boys will be lining up at left back in Saturday’s Derby della Mole against Torino at the Stadio Olimpico.
That’s the luxury of having a backup that is playing at the level that De Sciglio is right now.
It’s also a pretty good thing to have Alex Sandro and Joao Cancelo lining up at both of the fullback spots when they are healthy, though. And it looks like that will be happening again sooner rather than later.