Chiesa Return from Knee Injury Delayed by Small Setback

Federico Chiesa ruptured his ACL last January, and nine months later, his return is still up in the air. Coach Massimiliano Allegri has hinted at it a few times. While it’s apparent he won’t be back in full force before 2023, there’s a chance he will make some appearances before the World Cup.

As per La Gazzetta dello Sport, the winger seemed on track during the summer. However, he had to slow down for a few weeks due to knee soreness. Considering this season’s peculiar schedule, the medical staff is acting very cautiously. The option of a clean-up surgery was on the table, but it seems he will be able to avoid it, La Repubblica relays.

After the hiccup, Chiesa is pain-free and practicing on his own on the pitch regularly, and he could return to full training by the end of the month. At that point, the joint will continuously be assessed amid the ramp-up. Without further delays, he could log some minutes in the final matches before the long pause.

The coach alluded that the attacker could be available for the second match against PSG in the Champions League, which will take place on November 2nd. But it’s far from a certainty. He could wind up having played just two matches in 2022.

Our Take on the Chiesa Return

There’s no point in pushing the envelope and risking catastrophic consequences. The World Cup break is an opportunity for this kind of situations. The rush to come back early from this type of injury has waned in other sports in recent times, often leading to year-long time frames to be totally safe.

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