Juventus’ deep roster full of wingers is suddenly looking not very robust coming out of Tuesday night’s win over Atalanta in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals.
Even before the Atalanta game, we knew that Juan Cuadrado is out for at least the next month. Now it looks like both Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa are both in the treatment room for one reason or another and could very well be doubts for Sunday’s game against Sassuolo in Turin.
We found out about these two injuries coming out of the trip to Bergamo when Juventus’ official website posted its recap of the club’s preparations for this weekend’s league fixture beginning on Wednesday afternoon:
As usual, there was a warm-down session in the gym for those players heavily involved in Bergamo, while the rest of the squad focused on fitness and ball work out on the training pitches.
Federico Bernardeschi did not take part in today’s training session, but received therapy after taking a blow to his left knee during last night’s match and he will undergo further checks tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Douglas Costa trained independently after picking up bruising on his left calf muscle, which will be monitored again tomorrow.
I’m just going to go ahead and think that “undergo further checks tomorrow” and “monitored again tomorrow” as Bernardeschi and Costa being what a lot of people would describe as “day-to-day.”
With Paulo Dybala still out and Cuadrado recently added to the long-term injury list, that leaves Bernardeschi and Costa as the only players not named Miralem Pjanic as viable options that can bring some creativity to the squad the way its currently constructed.
But what if they’re both out against Sassuolo this weekend?
Well, then there could be some very interesting lineup decisions for Max Allegri to make before his team plays their first game in the month of February. And hopefully one of those interesting decisions doesn’t involved Stefano Sturaro being played as a winger. That’s just one man’s opinion, though.