There is one quite large injury question hanging over Juventus’ trip to Amsterdam on Wednesday night. It’s one that we’ve known about for a decent amount of time, and one that will have a lot of folks pinning Juve’s hopes of winning the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals to it.
Now, there’s another one on top of Cristiano Ronaldo’s status 48 hours from now.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus defender and captain Giorgio Chiellini pulled up in training on Monday afternoon with a calf injury and is now a major, major doubt to face Ajax later this week.
Chiellini, who was rested in Juve’s 2-1 comeback win over Milan on Saturday night, has obviously had plenty of muscle injuries before over the years. He’s missed big games before because of them. He’s even missed a Champions League final because of injury before.
But, because he didn’t play over the weekend, you could have kinda just assumed that everything would going to be good to go and he would be leading Juventus out of the tunnel Wednesday night, with a couple of “DAI DAI DAI!” shouts accompanying his first steps through the doors.
That doesn’t seem to be the problem.
Now, we’re left to stress over Chiellini’s status for Wednesday night’s first leg — which will now obviously be one of the first things Max Allegri is asked about during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday. That’s on top of whether Ronaldo will play — and, at this point, those odds seem a lot better than the odds of Chiellini playing because of that stupid, stupid calf of his.