The Juventus team is dealing with a challenging situation after the international break, especially in the midfield.
Massimiliano Allegri, the coach, has a tough job ahead as some key players are not in their best shape. This poses a puzzle for Allegri, who needs to find alternative solutions for the upcoming clash with Inter, scheduled for next Sunday.
In the midfield, several players are not at their best. Putting aside the cases of Nicolò Fagioli and Paul Pogba, who are unavailable for off-field reasons, injuries are causing issues for Juventus.
From Manuel Locatelli to Fabio Miretti and the latest, Weston McKennie, the team is grappling with fitness concerns.
Even on the wings, with Timothy Weah and Andrea Cambiaso not in optimal condition, the situation is challenging. The top priority is to get the injured players back on track, but Allegri is also considering alternative options.
Recovery and Alternatives
The main focus is on recovering the injured players, but Allegri is exploring alternatives just in case. Let’s take a look at the possible options that Allegri is considering for the upcoming challenge against Inter, evaluating each case individually.
1. Fabio Miretti: Returning from the Under 21 national team due to severe lower back pain, there’s optimism surrounding Miretti’s recovery for the Inter match.
2. Manuel Locatelli: Locatelli’s case is tricky; a fractured tenth rib cut short his time with Spalletti’s national team. While he aims to recover, his participation in the Inter match is uncertain.
3. Weston McKennie: Back from national team duty with the U.S., McKennie is dealing with knee tendinopathy. Although not a major concern for the Inter game, his condition requires monitoring.
4. Adrien Rabiot: The only certainty for the Inter clash, Rabiot is likely to play a key role. If Locatelli doesn’t recover in time, Allegri might deploy Rabiot in a central role. Fresh from scoring against Gibraltar, Rabiot returns after serving a suspension against Cagliari.
5. Andrea Cambiaso: While not at full fitness, Cambiaso is on the road to recovery. His versatility makes him an option in midfield, contributing with his attacking prowess from the central areas.
6. Samuel Iling Junior: Similar to Cambiaso, Iling is working his way back to full fitness. Allegri might consider him as an adaptable midfield option.
7. Hans Nicolussi Caviglia: Having made his seasonal debut against Cagliari, Nicolussi Caviglia offers a potential solution, either as a Locatelli replacement or as a central midfielder.
8. Luis Hasa: The 2004-born Italian, fresh from a brace against England with the Under 20 team, is on Allegri’s radar. Hasa could provide midfield alternatives in case of setbacks for Miretti, McKennie, and Locatelli.
9. Joseph Nonge: A key player in Massimo Brambilla’s Next Gen squad, the 2005-born Belgian Nonge is compared to Pogba for his movements and technique. He joins the list of midfield options under consideration by Allegri.