Juventus is already under a roster crunch for this weekend’s trip to Naples to face Napoli simply because so many of the squad’s regular starters are making the long trip back from South America. That’s due to the fact that, because reasons, there’s three World Cup qualifiers currently packed into each international break.
As we found out Thursday, Juve will be down arguably their best player this weekend, too.
Juventus has announced that Federico Chiesa will not be a part of the squad that takes on Napoli in Saturday night’s big clash in southern Italy. While Juve said that Chiesa — who did not play in Italy’s big win over Lithuania on Wednesday night — was cleared of anything notable when it comes to his currently-troublesome hamstring and will not miss any major amount of time, he is being held out of the trip to Naples out of precaution so that the injury does not get any worse.
Juventus’ announcement was quick to point out that this decision was made in agreeement with the technical staff. The full announcement is as follows:
Federico Chiesa this morning underwent a negative magnetic resonance scan at J|Medical. However, as a precaution and in agreement with the technical staff, he will not be available for the away match in Naples.
Chiesa’s absence is the latest hit for a squad that is in desperate need of its first win of the new season this weekend. With Chiesa out, Max Allegri’s options are even that much more limited knowing that South Americans like Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado will be just back on Italian soil after playing World Cup qualifiers with their respective countries on Thursday night.
With Chiesa out, the only attacking options that will likely be available from the start this weekend will be Alvaro Morata, Moise Kean — who is coming off a brace in Italy’s win over Lithuania — and Dejan Kulusevski.