There was the caveat from the very beginning of the Aaron Ramsey-to-Juventus rumors. That caveat became that much more profound when the Welshman was officially announced as a Juventus player and then he was seen training with his new teammates for the first time.
“If Ramsey can stay healthy ...”
That was usually followed with something like “... then he will probably be a very good addition to Juventus’ squad” — something that has proven to be true in his first handful of appearances in bianconero following the first international break of the season.
Come the second international break of the season, though, we’re left to wonder just how much time Ramsey might miss because of an apparent injury.
After Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri hinted at Ramsey’s absence in last weekend’s Derby d’Italia having something to do with a slight muscle injury, the 28-year-old midfielder didn’t appear in any of Wales’ two Euro 2020 qualifiers over the past handful of days. Instead, Ramsey — who was called up to the Wales squad for the first time in nearly a year — was not even on the bench for Sunday’s qualifier against Croatia.
There we go.
Just when Ramsey was starting to really show his worth and Sarri made the switch to a 4-3-1-2 to get the Welshman into a more advanced role behind the two strikers, now we’re left to wonder just how long he might be out for. Maybe it’s not big deal at all and Ramsey was held out of Sunday’s international just as a precaution, a decision made by both club and country. Maybe there’s a legitimate reason as to why he wasn’t even on the bench for Sunday’s game and this “twinge” he felt while warming up in the second half of the Derby d’Italia is something that is now lingering and won’t go away.
Either way, for the first time as a Juventus player, we’re now sweating Ramsey being injured. And, as Arsenal fans can probably tell some of us, it’s not exactly what you want to be talking about when it comes to Aaron Ramsey. (But it’s also something you have to talk about when it comes to Aaron Ramsey.)