Juventus’ 3-2 victory over Sampdoria on Sunday was marred by injuries to Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata.
Dybala left the field in tears with a non-contact injury after tremendously opening the scoring before Morata went straight down the tunnel after being substituted late on.
It’s been speculated that the pair sustained thigh injuries in Sunday’s win and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri confirmed after the game that his favoured strike partnership won’t be available before the October international break.
Speaking to Sky Sports Italy post-match, Allegri said (via Get Football News Italy): “Morata and Dybala will not be available for the game against Chelsea and they won’t be available for Torino too. We will see after the break.”
Their absences will certainly be hard felt. In what’s been a difficult start to the campaign, Dybala has arguably been Juve’s standout performer, while Morata sits alongside the Argentine as the club’s top scorers this season.
Allegri will have to find solutions against Chelsea and Torino, with Moise Kean and Dejan Kulusevski set to be granted opportunities to start.
Hopefully, the situation looks a lot brighter when the players return from the next international break. Juventus welcome Jose Mourinho’s Roma on October 17.
It was another nervy victory for Juventus, who failed to convince in the five-goal ‘thriller’ (it wasn’t). Nevertheless, it was an imperative triumph with difficult fixtures on the horizon in October.
Speaking to DAZN (via @JuveFC) after the game, Allegri was in a much happier mood compared to when he encountered the press after last weekend’s draw with AC Milan.
“We should have finished the game off a lot earlier than we did. Overall, I’m happy with the first win at home this season. We created a lot of chances today, Sampdoria are a decent team. You can’t think Juve will dominate for 90 minutes,” he said.
“In truth, we haven’t faced teams who have created many chances against us [so far], we haven’t been that busy in defence. Today, we needed that victory, it was a step in the right direction, staying calm we’ll get there.”
Allegri is still figuring out his Juventus side. There’s no doubt about that, and his coaching capacity will be tested over the next few weeks in the absence of two key stars.