Juventus will be taking on Cremonese in their first return to real action on Wednesday. While most will be excited for the Bianconeri’s return to the pitch, everyone’s eyes will be on the return of Federico Chiesa.
Chiesa is a bright, young star for club and country. Since joining Juventus in 2020, Chiesa has made 46 appearances for the club. Throughout his time in Turin, Chiesa has established himself as an electric player whose talent is instantly recognizable the second that he touches the pitch.
Injuries, however, have slowed his growth and progression for the club. Chiesa tore his ACL last season and only played in a handful of matches this season before experiencing muscle tightness right before the World Cup break. This injury set him back a bit, but shouldn’t linger long term.
The hope is that Federico Chiesa returns to full speed soon. Even if the time is limited, it’s a good sign for the rest of the season.
Chiesa should be back in action on Wednesday for some time at least. Reports are indicating that Chiesa is set to come off the bench for the match. If manager Max Allegri is smart, he would stick to that plan and not try and force Chiesa into the starting lineup.
The matchup against Cremonese should be the perfect opportunity to bring Chiesa on around the 60th minute and give him some time to build up his fitness in a competitive match. Hopefully, Juventus will be in a winning position by that point in the match and won’t ask the youngster to do all that much. This would be the best case scenario for Chiesa as he can slowly work himself back into form over the next few matches and be ready for the big match against league leading Napoli on January 13th.
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Rushing Chiesa back into action for more than a half an hour could result in him picking up another injury that could keep him out even longer. If Allegri is smart, he will work him back slowly instead of throwing him into the fire.