Remember a few weeks ago we mentioned that Juventus was about as healthy as they have been all season even though there was still a certain No. 10 still sidelined? Those were the days, man. I miss them a lot because Juventus’ injury situation heading into the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie against Porto isn’t as rosy as it was at the beginning of the month.
Juventus announced on Monday that Juan Cuadrado will be out for at least the next 10 games after he was subbed off at halftime of Juventus’ 1-0 loss to Napoli this past Saturday night due to a hamstring injury in his right leg. The Colombian right back, who has also missed time in 2021 due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, will be reevaluated at the end of the month, which could mean even more time out due to his hamstring being tweaked.
The description of the diagnosis from Juventus’ official website:
This morning, the team focused on tactical drills and possession. Juan Cuadrado underwent tests this morning at J|Medical revealed a low-grade lesion of the hamstring of the right thigh. In 10 days, he will be re-evaluated again.
Dybala and Ramsey trained partially with the group.
The status of the aforementioned Paulo Dybala and Aaron Ramsey will likely come down to how much they can do in training on Tuesday before the team leaves for Portugal. Dybala, especially, had reportedly been targeting the first leg against Porto as a return date, but who really knows how close he is to being fully healthy seeing as he’s still yet to completely train with the rest of the group.
You’ll also notice that there’s another injured player missing from Monday’s training report, and that’s Arthur. Seeing as he’s not even mentioned and that his current injury will likely involve a good amount of rest, we can probably expect Juventus to be without him for a week or two at the very least.
The Cuadrado news comes after reports from La Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport (via TuttoJuve) came out over the weekend that Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo would be without Juve’s assist leader for the trip to Porto. (Same goes for Arthur, but you probably figured that one out already.)
At least Juventus have Federico Chiesa on good form and Alex Sandro somewhat rested following the weekend trip to Naples. So I guess the two starting wingback spots will be pretty easy to figure out when Pirlo gets ready to fill out his team sheet Wednesday night.