Even before Paulo Dybala got injured he has been one of the biggest topics of conversation around these Juventus parts of the world. He was struggling to find the red-hot form that took Serie A by storm for the two months of the season. He was also in the midst of a complete tactical quandary that saw him either on the bench or the subject of the question “Where the hell will he play?” in Max Allegri’s 4-3-3 formation.
It looks like those discussions are going to be back again.
Although he’s not expected to start, Dybala is expected to be available for selection for this Sunday afternoon’s Derby della Mole against Torino at the Stadio Olimpico. It will be the first time that Dybala, who returned to training this week as Juve prepared to face Tottenham in the Champions League Round of 16, is available to play since he injured his hamstring against Cagliari right before Serie A’s winter break.
Based on the fact that Juventus have been dealing with injuries for what seems like every game over the last two months, I just have a couple of words to tell young Paulo...
Welcome back, buddy.
We can worry about the tactical decisions that Allegri will obviously have to make later. For now, the fact that Juventus will get one of its most important players back from injury during this crucial part of the season is quite an important development. Returning this weekend, at least in theory, puts Dybala in line to play some kind of role — hopefully a very big one — in the second leg against Spurs next month.
No matter what, though, let me repeat: Welcome back, buddy.
Let us hope that the last five or six weeks off will mean our resident Argentinian jewel will be shining again in relatively short fashion after making his comeback.