Juventus centre-back Merih Demiral will miss the remainder of the current season after tearing his ACL during Sunday night’s 2-1 win over Roma.
The 21-year-old, who had been in phenomenal form in recent weeks, scored but ultimately managed just 19 minutes of the game before landing awkwardly on his knee. The defender looked to be in immense pain and had to be stretchered off.
Manager Maurizio Sarri feared the injury could be a serious one, and the club took to their official website to confirm that Demiral will be sidelined for a long time after tearing his ACL.
He is set to undergo surgery in the coming days to try and repair the injury, but his season is almost certainly over as a result and he may even miss the chance to feature for Turkey at Euro 2020.
Having been promoted to the starting lineup at the expense of Matthijs de Ligt, Demiral has put in a number of outstanding performances alongside Leonardo Bonucci at the back for Juventus, but Sarri has now been forced to alter his plans once again.
The ACL injury suffered by Giorgio Chiellini early in the season has already created problems for Sarri, and now he has another serious long-term absence to deal with.
De Ligt will almost certainly be returned to the lineup, which will give him another chance to prove himself at the Allianz Stadium.
The 20-year-old has already made 18 appearances in his debut season, but he was dropped for Demiral and failed to regain his starting spot as the Turkey international impressed alongside Bonucci. However, he can now expect another run in the side.
Daniele Rugani will now likely be made to stay at the club, despite rumours linking him with a January exit, while Sarri might even be forced to turn to the club’s academy for depth.
Frustratingly, Juventus’ Under-23 side have also been plagued by their own injury crisis in defence, so the manager may need to get creative to try and find a way to cope with his lack of options at the back.
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