When Max Allegri was asked about Blaise Matuidi’s status following the French midfielder suffering some sort of injury in Sunday’s thrashing of Sassuolo, Juventus’ manager was far from optimistic about it.
“Matuidi won’t be there against Tottenham. I think it is a muscular problem,” Allegri told the assembled media after the 7-0 win.
Twenty-four hours later, we received word as to what caused Matuidi to be removed so early in a game that ended up being so wonderful. From Juventus’ official website:
Following the injury sustained yesterday against Sassuolo, Blaise Matuidi underwent tests at J|Medical on Monday afternoon, which revealed a mild-medium tear to the flexor muscles in his left thigh.
The Bianconeri midfielder has already started therapy and further tests will be necessary to better ascertain the extent of his injury.
While there is no official timetable set out by Juventus on this one, the general thought is that Matuidi will be out at least a couple of weeks because of the pure nature of what happened. It could very well be a month on the sidelines for Matuidi, who has been consistently one of Juve’s better players since Allegri’s switch to the 4-3-3 formation back in December.
Ah, injuries. The gift that keeps on giving, right?
No, not a gift at all.
There are times where it seems like one player after another comes down with some kind injury and that the list of players not actually playing grows longer and longer with each passing game. We are in one of those phases right now. Claudio Marchisio comes back from injury (and comes on in the first half on Sunday because of an injury), and Matuidi leaves the field because of one.