Szczesny undergoes surgery for fractured nose, ruled out of Cagliari clash

Torino FC v Juventus - Serie A TIM
Torino FC v Juventus - Serie A TIM / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny sustained a fractured nose during a fiercely contested Derby della Mole against Torino on Saturday, 13 April 2024. The Polish international's injury resulted from a collision with Torino's Adam Masina in the 86th minute, leaving Szczesny bleeding heavily on the pitch. Despite the pain, the determined goalkeeper insisted on completing the match, which ended in a goalless draw.

Immediately following the match, Szczesny was rushed to the J-Medical centre for essential tests, and the decision was made to perform surgery at the Chivasso hospital. The operation, carried out by Doctor Libero Tubino and attended by Juventus doctor Marco Freschi, was reported to be "perfectly successful."

Szczesny spent the night at the hospital post-surgery and is expected to be discharged in the coming hours. However, due to the necessary recovery time, he will miss Juventus' upcoming Serie A fixture against Cagliari on Friday, 19 April. In his absence, Mattia Perin, Juventus' second-choice keeper, is likely to start between the posts.

The goalkeeper's condition will be closely monitored daily, and there is a chance that he may be available for the second leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals against Lazio on Tuesday, 23 April. However, as Perin is the designated goalkeeper for the domestic cup, Szczesny might have to settle for a place on the bench.

This season, Szczesny has been a crucial player for Juventus, making 30 appearances in Serie A, conceding 23 goals, and keeping an impressive 14 clean sheets. His presence and experience at the back have been invaluable to the Bianconeri's success, and his absence will undoubtedly be felt.

Mattia Perin
Juventus FC v SS Lazio: Semi-final - Coppa Italia / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

In Szczesny's absence, Perin has stepped up, making 5 appearances, conceding twice, and keeping 3 clean sheets. As Juventus face a crucial period in their season, with six remaining Serie A fixtures against Cagliari, Milan, Roma, Salernitana, Bologna, and Monza, the team will be hoping for Szczesny's swift recovery.

Fans and teammates alike will be eagerly awaiting updates on Szczesny's condition, as his return to the pitch could prove vital in Juventus' pursuit of their goals this season. Until then, the team will need to rely on the capable hands of Mattia Perin to maintain their defensive solidity and keep their hopes of success alive.

The injury to Wojciech Szczesny comes at a critical juncture in Juventus' season, and the team will need to rally together to overcome this setback. With the support of their fans and the depth of their squad, Juventus will look to continue their push for success on all fronts, eagerly anticipating the return of their first-choice goalkeeper.