Juventus are sweating over the injuries sustained by Federico Chiesa and Weston McKennie in the 1-0 defeat to Atalanta on Saturday evening.
It’s been a miserable few days for the Italian giants amid a torrid 2021/22 campaign. Not only are the Bianconeri struggling on the field, but the club’s hierarchy are currently being investigated for potential financial misdemeanours.
Should Juve be found guilty of any wrongdoing in regards to false accounting, the implications could be huge.
But, there are more immediate concerns with two of the Old Lady’s most impressive performers in recent weeks both picking up injuries that could see them spend some time on the sidelines. Chiesa and McKennie were both forced off against Atalanta with knocks.
The early signs aren’t promising for Chiesa & McKennie
Chiesa, who spurned a promising opening before Duvan Zapata gave La Dea the lead on Saturday evening, was characteristically bright in the opening 45 minutes but didn’t re-appear for the second half. When the whistle blew for half-time, the Italian was seen sitting down in some discomfort.
Federico Bernardeschi replaced him after the restart, with Romeo Agresti reporting post-match that Chiesa has a problem with his left hip flexor. In his post-match press conference (via Football Italia), Massimiliano Allegri confirmed the 24-year-old will miss Tuesday’s trip to Salernitana.
Agresti added that McKennie sustained a right knee sprain in the defeat after he hobbled off midway through the second half. The American was once again one of Juventus’ best performers on the night and in a side so bereft of energy and dynamism, his absence will be hard felt should he spend time on the sidelines.
Both players will undergo tests at J-Medical on Sunday morning.
Juventus learned earlier this week that reliable full-back Danilo will miss the rest of 2021 with a thigh problem. On a more positive note, Mattia De Sciglio is set to return to action next week following a lengthy absence as a result of a hamstring injury.