Based on what Max Allegri had to say after Sunday afternoon’s win over Sampdoria, we already knew that Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata weren’t going to be taking the field a few days later when reigning European champions Chelsea comes to town. That solved the immediate availability of the two strikers, but we still weren’t sure the severity of their respective injuries.
We got a little more clarity on that Monday after both took a trip over to J Medical.
Juventus confirmed Allegri’s confirmation from 24 hours earlier that Dybala and Morata will miss Wednesday night’s Champions League group stage match against Chelsea as well as this weekend’s Derby della Mole against Torino. Within their announcement posted after Monday’s medical exams, Juventus has revealed that Morata has been diagnosed with “a low-grade” injury to the hamstring in his right leg while Dybala — who left the field in tears during Sunday’s win — “an elongation of the semitendinosus muscle in the left thigh.”
According to Sky Sport Italia, while Dybala’s injury is not as serious as initially thought, Morata is the one that could be out for an extended period of time, with Juve’s Oct. 20 Champions League match against Zenit already potentially at risk.
For now, though, we can only go off of what Juventus’ health update has told us. And that update is as follows:
Diagnostic tests were carried out this morning at J|Medical, and the results showed:
For Alvaro Morata a low-grade muscle injury of the hamstring in the right thigh.
For Paulo Dybala an elongation of the semitendinosus muscle in the left thigh.
Both will be available after the international break.
“Available after the international break” is not exactly a definite timetable because it could mean in a couple of weeks, it could mean in a month or essentially any general time after the latest round of international fixtures. But the general line of thinking based on the reporting coming out of Italy after Juve’s announcement was that it won’t be all that long after the international break when the two of them return.
As pointed out above, the Italian press believes it will be Morata who has the longer spell on the sidelines with his hamstring injury. That might not have been what a lot of us were thinking come Sunday afternoon as we watched Dybala walk off the field with about the opposite kind of emotions as he had when he scored Juve’s opening goal against Sampdoria.
Now we just hope that Juve can get through these last couple of games before the international break without further damage happening and then see where Dybala and Morata stand health-wise in a couple of weeks. That’s all Juve can do at this point, and let’s hope that “available after the international break” means the second half of October rather than first week or two of November.