Juventus have confirmed that Matthijs de Ligt suffered a dislocated shoulder during Saturday’s 3-1 win over Atalanta, but the Dutchman managed to finish the game.
Shortly after half time, De Ligt fell awkwardly on his right arm and looked to be in real pain. A stretcher was called onto the field but, after a few minutes of treatment, the centre-back returned to the field and completed the match.
Juventus took to their official website to confirm the news, with De Ligt now a huge doubt for Tuesday’s meeting with Atlético Madrid in the Champions League.
Having said that, he was a major doubt to actually be able to make it back to the game in the first place. After his shoulder was popped back into place, he spent several minutes with his arm hanging by his side, and it looked almost certain that he would be substituted.
What makes the whole situation even more unbelievable was that it was perhaps De Ligt’s finest performance in a Juventus shirt so far.
The 20-year-old was a powerhouse in defence. He saved Juventus from conceding on a number of occasions, while his composure and passing was also vital to I Bianconeri’s comeback. All while dealing with a dislocated shoulder.
Elsewhere, Federico Bernardeschi has also undergone treatment after being forced to leave the game early with a chest injury. There is no mention of the severity of the problem, so he may recover in time for Tuesday’s game.
However, one player who certainly will not be able to feature against Atlético is winger Douglas Costa. The Brazilian played the last 30 minutes of Saturday’s match but picked up a minor thigh tear, and he is now expected to miss around 15 days of action.
Costa struggled greatly with injury last season and missed the final 16 games of the Serie A campaign. He has already missed a further six games this year, and is now set to add to that tally.
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