Paulo Dybala Set for Consult as Juventus Deal with Several Absences

Despite an almost a full week of practice at their disposal for the first time in a while, Juventus risk to remain very depleted in multiple roles for Saturday’s match versus Verona. Alvaro Morata missed practice on Tuesday because of non-COVID viral infection that has been limiting him for about ten days, while Paulo Dybala flew to Barcelona for a specialistic consult on his bothersome knee, Sky Sport reported.

Dybala suffered a sprain six weeks ago against Sassuolo, but he is still in pain. The club initially indicated a 15-20 day for his return, while this kind of injuries generally requires a month of rehab. Given that the problem has lingered, the Argentinian striker will be checked upon by renowned surgeon Ramon Cugat. He is reportedly targeting the second leg of the Porto tilt for his return, therefore he could miss three more matches. On the other hand, Morata is being managed and will try to be available on Saturday.

Nobody among the defenders dealing with muscular injuries, Juan Cuadrado, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, are expected to play on Saturday, plus Danilo is suspended for yellow-card accumulation. That leaves a hole at right-back, so Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo is testing new solutions in training. 21-year-old Alessandro Di Pardo would be a natural in that role, but he has played just four minutes in Serie A.

Tuttomercatoweb reports that the other options are adapting either Merih Demiral, using Radu Dragusin in the middle, Alex Sandro, with Gianluca Frabotta manning the left wing, or Weston McKennie. Otherwise, the gaffer could go with a pure three-man back-line, with Federico Chiesa patrolling the whole flank.