We’ve been waiting, very impatiently, for any kind of injury update regarding how much time Federico Bernardeschi may miss in the aftermath of last Sunday’s Derby della Mole.
Six days later, Max Allegri gave us one.
And, as feared, it wasn’t all that great of an update, either.
After joking about being a weatherman when asked about the medical updates by the assembled Italian media members, Allegri informed those at the Juventus Media Center that Bernardeschi will be out for at least the next three weeks with the knee injury he suffered against Torino. That not only means Bernardeschi will miss out on the back-to-back games against Atalanta over the next four days, but his involvement in the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 against Tottenham won’t be happening.
There is a chance that Bernardeschi’s injury will require surgery. And just when he was starting to get consistent playing time, too...
@OfficialAllegri: "It will be difficult for Higuain to play tomorrow, Bernardeschi will be re-evalutated in the coming weeks. Apart from De Sciglio and Cuadrado, everyone else is at my disposal."#JuveAtalanta pic.twitter.com/hHHcdLoxl1— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) February 24, 2018
In the hour leading up to Allegri’s pre-match press conference on Saturday afternoon both the Gazzetta dello Sport and Sport Mediaset reported that any kind of exams Bernardeschi was scheduled to undergo have had to be postponed because the inflammation in his knee has not gone down to the required amount. That in of itself could very well be a sign — and most definitely not a good one — as to why we hadn’t heard anything regarding Bernardeschi’s timetable for recovery until Allegri spoke to the media on Saturday.
Combine that with the fact that Gonzalo Higuain is not likely to play against Atalanta this weekend and quite possibly on Wednesday night in the Coppa Italia, too, and it’s pretty safe to say that Allegri’s latest press conference was not a very good one when it comes to injury news.
Then again, when was the last time Juventus has had a lot of good injury news over the last two or three months? The hits just keep on coming...