Serie A: Juventus' Gonzalo Higuain latest player injured in training in build-up to league's scheduled return
Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain became the latest player to get injured as Serie A prepares to return later this month.
Turin: Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain became the latest player to get injured as Serie A prepares to return later this month.
Higuain pulled up in training on Thursday and Juventus announced in a short statement that the Argentina forward had injured his thigh.
“During today’s training session, Gonzalo Higuain suffered a muscle strain on the posterior region of his right thigh,” the club said. “The tests performed at JMedical have ruled out any lesions. His condition will be monitored in the coming days.”
Italy’s top football league is scheduled to resume on 20 June but Juventus will be involved in the Italian Cup the week before, with the second leg of its semi-final against AC Milan before a potential final in Rome on 17 June.
Serie A has been suspended since 9 March, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A number of players have been injured since they returned to training at the beginning of May after two months of limited activity, including Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović and Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinković-Savić.
With the Serie A season to be completed in a 43-day span, teams will have matches approximately every three days and there are concerns of an increased number of injuries.
“The risk is very high for an athlete who in the middle of the season is stopped for 70 days and then restarts with an incredible effort, especially with high temperatures,” Lecce coach Fabio Liverani said. “There is a lot of care and planning from the staff but luck will also play a big part.”
Juventus, which is bidding for a record-extending ninth straight title, has a one-point advantage over Lazio. Third-place Inter is nine points behind the leaders with a game in hand.
Juventus is also involved in the Champions League. If it goes all the way in both cup competitions it could play 20 matches in 78 days.
Inter are two points behind leaders Napoli after failing to beat a spirited Samp side in Genoa following two wins in their opening two fixtures of the campaign.
Napoli moved top of Serie A on Monday thanks to a 4-0 stroll at Udinese which made sure they maintained their 100 percent start to the season.
Racist abuse in Italian football stadiums has been a serious problem in recent seasons, and Lazio have one of the worst reputations in the country, with a connection to the extreme right