There is never a “good” thing when somebody gets injured, but one of the somewhat reassuring things about the timetable regarding Paulo Dybala (and Alvaro Morats) being injured is that there was an upcoming international break.
But if it means doing the majority of your recovery time when Juventus isn’t playing as compared to when they are, then there’s a positive to come out of a negative.
And, maybe just maybe, we’re going to see Dybala returning from injury rather soon.
According to Sky Sport Italia on Saturday, Dybala is gunning for a return to the field next weekend when Juventus faces Roma at Allianz Stadium. If not against Roma, Dybala “will certainly be on the pitch at least for the Champions League match. against Zenit,” the report from Sky Italia states. That goes along with a lot of what has been previously reported in the Italian media this week regarding Dybala’s injury, with Goal Italia’s Romeo Agresti reporting that there was “growing optimism” that Juve’s No. 10 was going to be ready for the Roma match.
Morata, meanwhile, won’t be ready immediately out of the international break. According to Sky, the Spaniard is aiming toward being ready for the Derby d’Italia against Inter on Oct. 24, but a return at the end of October seems like a more likely outcome.
When Juventus first announced the Dybala and Morata’s injuries, all we knew was that they would be returning after the international break. That was a rather loose timetable because we knew that Juventus had games in a couple of weeks after the international break was over, but there was still very much uncertainty as to when, exactly, they would actually return. Dybala was thought of to be the less serious injury, so he would be the first to return, with Morata likely to miss at least a couple of weeks more than his Argentinian teammate.
So now as we are a week into the international break, that is still very much the case, with Agresti’s reporting from earlier in the week very much still true regarding Dybala being back for Roma. (Mind you, we don’t know in what capacity Dybala will be able to contribute, and it’s not like we need a repeat of this injury with Dybala trying to do too much too soon.)
On top of Juventus playing a friendly against Alessandria on Saturday, both Dybala and Morata did work on a side field at Continassa to continue their respective rehab.