On the back of producing a successful 1-1 draw against Inter Milan at the weekend, Juventus hosted Sassuolo at the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday evening. Due to their current hectic run of fixtures, Massimiliano Allegri was somewhat forced to make changes in the starting line-up, rotating the squad and giving chances to those failing to cut the starting XI in Derby d’Italia.
Mattia De Sciglio was one of the Juventus players who returned to Allegri’s team on Wednesday after missing the derby against Inter. But after just 11 minutes of Wednesday’s showdown, De Sciglo was down injured, tightly holding his hamstring. His facial expression caught Allegri’s attention, with the boss right away ordering Alex Sandro to ready himself for action.
De Sciglio left the field in agony, making way for the Brazilian, who perhaps had planned to spend his evening watching the game from the bench.
A cunning run made by Davide Frattesi down the middle led to Juventus conceding the first goal in the 44th minute of the game. The goal outlined the lack of understanding between the Bianconeri defence and midfield. Although Weston McKennie drew Juve level after 76th minutes, Maxime Lopez’s calm chip at the other end saw Sassuolo steal all three points in added time. It was Sassuolo’s first victory at Juventus.
Adding to the misery, De Sciglio is now likely to miss some pivotal games for the Bianconeri because of his injury.
Juventus confirm that Mattia De Sciglio suffered a hamstring injury
The day after Juventus’ unforeseen defeat at the hands of Alessio Dionisi’s men, it has been officially confirmed that Mattia De Sciglio sustained a hamstring injury to his left leg. The official statement reads:
"“Mattia De Sciglio this morning underwent radiological examinations at J|Medical that revealed a low-grade lesion of the hamstring of the left thigh. In about 10 days he will be re-evaluated again.”"
Over the last few weeks, De Sciglio had become an integral part of Allegri’s setup. Other than performing as an astute cover for Alex Sandro and Danilo, De Sciglio was hugely involved in Juventus’ triumphs against AS Roma and Zenit. His right-footed crosses sparked that moment of brilliance for the Piedmontese club in those two instances.
Since returning from a season-long loan at Lyon, the 29-year-old has already made five starts for the Old Lady in all competitions. With Juve having confirmed to re-evaluate his situation after ten days, he is seemingly out of the games against Hellas Verona, Zenit and Fiorentina.
Juventus play Lazio after the international break. We could expect his return by then, but don’t hold your breath.