Friday brought the first round of friendlies played over this current international break. And, in true (unofficial) Juventus tradition, the club hasn’t gone without seeing another one of its players pick up some kind of injury while on international duty.
For the third time in the matter of seven days, we’re going to be waiting to see what kind of medical report comes out regarding a Juventus starter. First it was Giorgio Chiellini after he had to be subbed out of the scoreless draw against S.P.A.L., then came Alex Sandro and his training session muscle injury he picked up with Brazil. Now, it’s Sami Khedira, who had to be subbed off early in the second half of Germany’s 1-1 draw with Spain in Düsseldorf.
As of right now, we don’t know the severity of the knock to Khedira’s knee, which came on a tackle by Spain midfielder Thiago
But, with the way Juve’s injury-related luck has been going the last three or four months, the last thing that they need is for more players to get injured while their with their respective national teams.
And yet, here we are.
Khedira could very well be back next weekend and in the starting lineup that faces Milan at Allianz Stadium. Or, if he does end up missing any kind of time, these are the midfielders that would be available to Max Allegri come Real Madrid’s visit to Turin three days after the Milan showdown:
- Claudio Marchisio
- Blaise Matuidi
- Rodrigo Bentancur
- Stefano Sturaro
You could throw Kwadwo Asamoah into the mix, too, but it’s not exactly like he’s been playing as a midfielder all that much the last couple of years. He’s been successfully terzino’d and he’s become quite reliable in doing so as well.
Or we can just make the one-liner about Khedira being poorly for months and that him missing out won’t be all that big of a deal at all. I won’t go there because injuries suck, but you know people are going to be thinking it. Or they already have.