Dybala could miss out on UCL return as Juventus confirms thigh injury

Juventus FC confirms that Paulo Dybala would be on recovery from a thigh injury ahead of Champions League last 16 return-leg game against Lyon on August 7.

Juventus FC confirms that Argentine Forward, Paulo Dybala would be out for a few weeks on recovery from a thigh injury. Paulo Dybala is set for a race to be fit for Juventus’s Champions League last 16 return-leg game against Lyon on August 7.

The Argentine was subbed off on the 40th minute on Sunday’s SERIE A tie against Sampdoria. He walked out of the game limping as he was replaced by Gonzalo Higuain. However, his dismissal did not stop the Biaconnerri from sealing their ninth consecutive SERIE A title last night.

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Juventus confirms Paulo Dybala thigh injury

Juventus said that tests on Dybala on Monday “revealed an elongation of the rectus femoris muscle of the left thigh. His conditions will be evaluated day by day.”

Such an injury usually requires between 10 days and two weeks recovery time.

Dybala will miss Juventus’s final two league games against Cagliari and Roma this week, and is at risk for the match against Lyon in Turin, when they need to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first match in France.

The 26-year-old has been a key member of Maurizio Sarri’s side this season with 17 goals in all competitions, including 11 in the league.

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“Cristiano (Ronaldo) and Dybala made the difference,” said Sarri on Sunday.

“This Scudetto is in large part thanks to them.”

Right-back Danilo is, however, given the all-clear after taking a knock as his “tests were negative”.

Brazilian forward, Douglas Costa will miss the last-16 decider. The Brazilian has been on the sidelines after he picked up a right thigh injury last week.

Costa is an important member of Sarri’s squad despite inconsistent displays and fitness issues. The 29-year-old is often introduced as an impact substitute in the second half.

Juventus are targeting a third Champions League title and first since 1996. They have finished runners-up seven times, most recently in 2015 and 2017.

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