When it comes to playing time post-pandemic, Giorgio Chiellini and Rodrigo Bentancur are on very opposite ends of the spectrum. One player has barely played, one player has taken part in just about every minute of every game over the last six weeks. It’s not that hard to figure out who is who if you’ve paid any kind of attention to Juventus lately.
But, what Chiellini and Bentancur shared in Wednesday night’s 3-3 draw with Sassuolo was that they were falling in the “oh crap there’s another post-lockdown injury” category.
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Juventus announced Thursday that both Chiellini and Bentancur have been given a virtual green light after undergoing scans at J Medical earlier in the day. Chiellini (subbed off at halftime) and Bentancur (very awkward fall after trying to close down a Sassuolo player in the final minutes) are now being described as “day to day” even though no kind of muscle strains or anything of that ilk have been ruled out.
The menu, as always for the “day after”, focused on recovery and unloading for those who played last night, while the rest of the team took on personalised work.
Bentancur and Chiellini underwent radiological tests at J | Medical this morning that excluded muscular lesions. Their conditions will be evaluated day by day.
The team will enjoy a day of rest tomorrow, before returning to the field for training on Saturday afternoon.
And in case you’re wondering about the condition of Matthijs de Ligt’s shoulder — one that is clearly not right and forced him to take inventory a couple of times Wednesday night — you’re out of luck. Just when you want to know what is going on with de Ligt’s shoulder, there’s no information being released at this time. So while our eyes (and de Ligt’s reactions to certain landings and/or challenges) tell us something is up as the young Dutchman tries to grind through the pain, there’s nothing coming from Juventus at this time regarding any potential injury.