Juventus have discovered the full extent of the injury sustained by Danilo in the 2-0 victory over Lazio on Saturday.
The Brazilian was in considerable pain after he collided with Elseid Hysaj in the opening exchanges of Saturday’s win. He was stretchered off the Stadio Olimpico turf with reports emerging after the game that he’d picked up an adductor injury.
Danilo underwent tests a J-Medical on Monday morning and it’s not good news for Juventus fans.
Danilo’s likely to miss the rest of 2021
The reliable Romeo Agresti first reported that Danilo has sustained a “medium-degree lesion of the adductor longus muscle of the left thigh”, with the initial recovery time expected to be approximately eight weeks. This diagnosis has since been confirmed by the club.
If that’s the case, the veteran full-back is a certainty to miss Juventus’ remaining eight games of the calendar year and it’ll be touch-and-go for the start of 2022. Next January, the Bianconeri take on Napoli, AS Roma and AC Milan in Serie A and also meet Inter Milan in the Supercoppa Italiana.
It’s a huge blow for Juventus, with the Brazilian being such a consistent performer for Massimiliano Allegri this season. The manager must now find a sustainable solution for Danilo’s prolonged absence.
Juan Cuadrado time?
Following Danilo’s forced withdrawal on Saturday, Juan Cuadrado dropped in at right-back to fill the void. The Colombian starred from a defensive position last season but has been deployed further upfield by Allegri this term.
Danilo’s injury, however, could see Cuadrado return to the defensive line for the foreseeable future with Allegri’s options currently limited. Mattia De Sciglio is currently recovering from injury, but he’s another alternative once he returns.
For the time being, though, Cuadrado is the logical choice to deputise for the reliable Brazilian. The reversion could bring the best out of the veteran Colombian once more.