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Report: Gonzalo Higuain targeting return from injury against Atalanta in Coppa Italia

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This seems like a small victory based on how bad it could have been at first glance.

ACF Fiorentina v Juventus - Serie A Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

When it comes to what we officially know about Gonzalo Higuain’s ankle injury that he suffered in the opening minutes of Sunday’s Derby della Mole win, it isn’t much. All we’ve heard is that what the club posted on their official website in the hours following the game — bruised and sprained ankle.

That’s it.

Even though we haven’t gotten any kind of official update from Juventus regarding how long Higuain may be out for, Tuttosport seem convinced that Higuain’s time on the sideline won’t be that long at all.

According to Friday morning’s edition of the Turin-based daily newspaper, Higuain is targeting the second game in the back-to-back matchups against Atalanta as his opportunity to return to the field. While mentioning that there’s a possibility that Higuain could be on the bench for Juventus’ Serie A fixture against Atalanta this weekend, it’s the second leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals on Wednesday night where Juve’s No. 9 is looking to make his comeback.

You could say “Higuain is gunning for a return to the field against Atalanta” and you wouldn’t be wrong, I guess.

But seeing that how, virtually moments after Higuain collided with Salvatore Sirigu he could barely walk, one had to think that missing at least one of Juve’s upcoming games was going to be a realistic possibility. And the fact that there has been no official update for Higuain — as well as Federico Bernardeschi who was also injured in Sunday’s win — means that we’re left to wait and see more than anything.

So if Higuain is out this weekend, then missing one game isn’t the worst thing in the world. Higuain could barely crank things up to more than a brisk jog after his early-game injury over the weekend, so maybe missing all of one game is a blessing in disguise.

Either way, it doesn’t seem like Pipita will miss much time if Tuttosport is on the money with this one — and that is something that, based on how Juve’s injury situation has been the last two months or so, is most definitely some good news.