It has been rather refreshing these last few weeks not having to worry all that much about Juventus’ injury situation. We know Giorgio Chiellini is out for a good number of weeks still, and the same is probably true for Sami Khedira as well. So, basically, it’s been those two guys and that’s about it on what used to be a lengthy injury list.
But, as we found out Thursday, there’s another name to add to the list.
In their usual recap of the day’s training session, Juventus announced that striker Gonzalo Higuain “went through a personalized workout” due to what the club is describing as “slight fatigue in his left thigh.” In other words, Higuain is dealing with a hamstring injury in the days following the 4-0 win over Cagliari in which he came off the bench and scored a goal and, with all of two days left to go before another trip to Rome, is probably a doubt to face Roma on Sunday night.
I say “probably” because, as Goal Italia’s Romeo Agresti reported Thursday, there is optimism from the Juventus training staff that Higuain will be good to go come Sunday. So it’s not like Higuain can be completely ruled out for this weekend’s trip to the Italian capital just yet, folks.
The good thing is that Juventus’ attack is playing quite well right now even if Higuain is going to be out this weekend (or any amount of the immediate future). Fellow Argentine Paulo Dybala has been one of Juve’s best players this season ever since he became a regular in Maurizio Sarri’s starting lineup, And, as we’ve seen since the start of December onward, Cristiano Ronaldo is starting to really hit a rich vein of form after finally shaking off whatever kind of knee issue was bugging him in November.
But, as we know with Higuain, he is the kind of striker that Juventus doesn’t have a natural kind of backup for. With Sarri ditching the 4-3-3 formation he started the season out with, having a prima punta like Higuain hasn’t exactly become mandatory, but it’s still a nice element of the attack to have. And that’s especially true when you consider just how well Higuain has played for much of this season be it in the starting lineup or providing Sarri quite the offensive-minded option off the bench in the second half of games.