Juventus news: Manager Massimiliano Allegri said he is ‘not worried by the injury Angel Di Maria sustained during Old Lady’s 22/23 season opener. Allegri also admitted he perhaps should have taken the Argentine off when Juventus was 3-0 up.
The Old Lady began their 2022/23 campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Sassuolo. Summer signing Di Maria put Juventus ahead in the 26th minute. Dusan Vlahovic doubled Juventus’ advantage, converting from the spot in the 43rd minute of the match.
Vlahovic then scored his second goal of the match just six minutes into the second half to make it 3-0 for Juventus. The Old Lady them saw off the game to begin their campaign on a high note.
However, despite the comfortable victory, Juventus had cause for concern as Di Maria had to be replaced after he picked up an adductor issue. Denis Zakaria also seemed to have sustained an injury towards the end of the game.
Juventus news: Allegri not worried by Di Maria injury’; Zakaria just had a cramp
Speaking after the match, Allegri said he is not worried about Di Maria’s injury scare. The Italian tactician also said the Argentine will have medical tests on Tuesday. Allegri also confessed he perhaps should have taken Di Maria off when they were 3-0 up. Allegri also said Zakaria ‘just had a cramp’ and nothing more.
“I am not worried,” Allegri told DAZN after their win over Sassuolo, as quoted by Football Italia. “We’ll see what the tests say tomorrow. Unfortunately, these things happen in football.”
He had this adductor issue a week ago too, perhaps I should’ve taken him off when we were 3-0 up, but he was enjoying himself out there. Zakaria just had a cramp, nothing more.
“The important thing is that we won a game that we really wanted to win, which was by no means simple.”
Juve holding their breath
Juventus will be hoping Di Maria has not picked up a serious injury. The Old Lady already have Paul Pogba sidelined due to injury.
They could also see Adrien Rabiot leave the club this summer, with Man Utd interested in the midfielder. So, further injuries could cause a crisis for Juventus.
The Turin outfit, though, could move for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes, who they have transfer interest in.
PSG manager Christophe Galtier has already revealed Paredes has offers from elsewhere. Galtier also admitted he is uncertain what will happen between now and the end of the transfer window with regards to Paredes’ future.