The story of Douglas Costa’s last 18 months at Juventus has involved more talk of injuries instead of what he’s actually done one the field. It’s been a start-and-stop trend that only continues to go on and on, even with many of us hoping that the most recent time Costa is 100 percent healthy will be one that lasts a few months rather than a few weeks.
Well, this most recent one has, shockingly, lasted just a few weeks.
After having to come off injured during Juventus’ 2-1 loss to Hellas Verona on Saturday night, the club announced two days later on Monday that Costa’s latest stint on the injured list will last between two or three weeks. Here is the official diagnosis from Juventus’ daily training recap (and medical report):
Douglas Costa: The diagnostic tests that he underwent this morning revealed a low-grade lesion of the biceps femoris of the left thigh. The timing for complete recovery is around 15-20 days.
So, what you have hear is an oft-injured player getting injured again. For shame.
With the 15-20 days that Costa will be out for, these are the games his is a certainty or likely to miss:
- Feb. 13: vs. AC Milan (Coppa Italia semifinals)
- Feb. 16: vs. Brescia (Serie A)
- Feb. 22: vs. SPAL (Serie A)
- Feb. 26: vs. Lyon (Champions League Round of 16)
- March 1: vs. Inter Milan (Serie A)
That’s an important stretch for Juventus — and that’s not breaking news.
But now in a game that will play a big role in both Juve’s European campaign as well as the Scudetto race on the first day of March, Maurizio Sarri won’t have the luxury of being able to turn to one of the most dynamic players on the roster.
Then again, this isn’t something that’s new to Sarri or his predecessor, Max Allegri.
La Gazzetta dello Sport compiled all the Douglas Costa injury data since he joined Juve.— Mike Mac (@mikemacaroni) February 10, 2020
Costa has missed 39 games in 2.5yrs. In 2018-19, he only played 969 mins. This season, he's only started 7 games.
Now he'll miss matches against Brescia, SPAL, Lyon & (likely) Inter...
That’s ... a lot.
As much as we know Costa can be a help to this squad with his unique set of skills and speed, the fact that he can’t stay healthy has been a hinderance to any kind of regular playing time the last two years. It has become a theme, a “What if ...” kind of scenario surrounding Costa whenever he is healthy — and also when he gets hurt.
Just to add one more thing to that tweet above: According to transfermarkt’s data and injury tracker, this is the ninth different injury that Costa has suffered in the last two years dating back to February 2018. At 29 years old, that’s not the kind of reputation you want to see develop — especially so when you’re trying to compete for playing time with the likes of attackers that Sarri has at his disposal at Juventus this season.
So here’s to Costa injury No. 9 over the last two calendar years. Let’s hope that we get a few more weeks to watch him play before the next one.