By Richard Parks
Juventus forward Federico Bernardeschi is set to be sidelined for a month and miss his side Champions League last-16 second leg showdown against Tottenham with an injury he sustained on Sunday, according to a report.
The Italian football site Calciomercato claim that the 24-year-old winger will miss three weeks to a month of action after breaking down in his side’s 1-0 win against Torino.
Bernardeschi was brought on as a substitute after Gonzalo Higuain was injured in the first half, but his shift was also cut short.
Calciomercato claim that Higuain’s ankle injury is more severe than first expected, but the Argentine striker’s involvement against Spurs on 7 March is not in doubt at the moment.
Spurs came back from 2-0 down in the first leg to draw 2-2, with goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen giving them a great platform for the second leg at Wembley in two-and-a-half weeks’ time.
Football Insider verdict:
Bernardeschi does not have the same reputation across Europe as the likes of Higuain, Pablo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic but the former Fiorentina winger has made a big impact since joining Juventus for £36million last summer. He has scored five goals and supplied seven assists in 26 appearances across all competitions and has an impressive knack of getting in goalscoring positions. The 24-year-old also works like a Trojan off the ball, and he will be genuinely missed by the Serie A champions if he does miss the mouthwatering second leg. His absence is a huge blow to them.
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By Richard Parks