There was no grand clash between Giorgio Chiellini and a S.P.A.L. player on Saturday night. There was no sprint back on a S.P.A.L. counterattack, one wrong step and then Chiellini grabbing at the back of his leg as he pulled up with an obvious injury. None of that, really.
All we saw, at least on the world feed, was Chiellini signaling to the sideline, a quick grab of his hamstring and then Andrea Barzagli was on the field.
Because of it all, we’re left to sweat Chiellini’s latest muscular injury scare.
According to Tuttosport on Monday morning, this hamstring injury — we don’t know officially what the severity of it is — has put the 33-year-old Chiellini at risk of missing Juventus’ March 31 clash against former teammate Leonardo Bonucci and AC Milan as well as the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal tie against Real Madrid.
And yet, despite having to come off due to injury just two days ago as well as being one of the three Juventus players to announce their international retirement after Italy didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Chiellini has reported for international duty with Italy at Coverciano.
Juventus released this update on Sunday afternoon in regard to Chiellini being with the Italian national team:
Giorgio Chiellini is also on the list of players called for Italy, but his condition will be evaluated by the doctors of the national team in constant contact with Juventus Staff.
Tuttosport states that medical exams will be going down at Coverciano in the very near future, so we could very well get an answer to what’s wrong with Chiellini at some point of the first day of the work week. The assumption would be if Chiellini stays with the Italian national team setup then it’s good news and we can rest easy, while a return to Turin probably means there’s something to truly worry about.
Yes, even more than we’re worrying right now because Chiellini being injured is one of the worst Juventus-related things that can happen in what has been a injury-filled 2018 so far.