Khedira provides positive injury update
Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira was taken off yesterday during Germany's international friendly clash against Spain. Amidst concern that he could be a doubt for the games against Milan and Real Madrid, Khedira took to Instagram to post a positive update regarding his injury: "By the way, don't worry about my sub. It was only a precautionary measure after I felt a small induration. But now everything is fine again!"
Cengiz suffers knee injury
Forward Cengiz Under will miss Turkey's friendly against Republic of Ireland with a knee injury. Turkey manager Mircea Lucescu confirmed the Roma winger suffered a distortion to his left knee in training with Turkey national team. However, Under will likely be fit for Roma's upcoming fixtures against Bologna in Serie A and Barcelona in the Champions League. The 20-year-old has six goals and one assist in 24 appearances in all competitions so far this season.
Hamsik withdraws from Slovakia squad
Marek Hamsik has pulled out of Slovakia's squad for the King's Cup after having his tonsils removed. The Napoli captain had been due to feature in his country's opening game against the United Arab Emirates on Thursday at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, but will now stay in Italy to recover. The 30-year-old missed a handful of training sessions in January with tonsillitis and a decision was made on Wednesday to undergo a small operation to remove his tonsils.
Alex Sandro sustained a thigh injury
Juventus star Alex Sandro has been ruled out of the Brazilian national side due to an injury. The 27-year-old left-back sustained an injury in Brazil training and he could not carry on. The tests that were later carried out showed that the player will have to return to Italy and recover from what has been told to be a muscle injury on his right thigh.
Chiellini exit down to 'muscular fatigue'
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri did not appear overly concerned about Giorgio Chiellini's injury, despite seeing the key defender forced to leave the pitch late-on in Saturday's 0-0 stalemate with SPAL. "Chiellini has muscular fatigue, but at the moment we don't have any more on that," Allegri said after the match. "It's only human that when you are top of the Serie A table, in the Champions League quarterfinals and the Coppa Italia final, you can miss a beat and lack energy once in a while."
Pedro suspended for doping
Cagliari forward Joao Pedro has been suspended indefinitely after testing positive for a banned substance, becoming the second Serie A player this season to be banned for failing a doping test. Italy's national anti-doping organization announced the decision after the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide was found in his system following Cagliari's match with Sassuolo on February 11. In January, Benevento captain Fabio Lucioni was banned one year for doping after the steroid clostebol was found in a sample taken after his side lost to Torino 1-0 in September.
Dzeko to miss Serie A game
Serie A has announced the disqualifications for the next round in the league, in total 6 players will miss a match: Edin Dzeko and Federico Fazio (Roma), Stephan Lichtsteiner and Alex Sandro (Juventus), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna) and Federico Mattiello (Spal).
Dzeko netted a brace during Saturday's 4-2 win over Napoli to become the first player to score 50 goals in three of Europe's top five leagues.
Higuain skips Lazio match
Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia De Sciglio will miss the Serie A match against Lazio, but there is a good chance of them being on the plane to London for Juventus' crunch Champions League match against Tottenham Hotspur. Coach Massimiliano Allegri has also confirmed that Paulo Dybala will start against Lazio. Italian media reports say that Dybala will be deployed as a striker at the Stadio Olimpico, as Allegri looks to compensate for the absence of Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi.
Higuain out of Coppa Italia semi-final
Gonzalo Higuain has been left out of the Juventus squad for Wednesday's Coppa Italia semi-final second leg against Atalanta. The striker suffered a suspected ankle injury in the early exchanges of the 1-0 win over Torino on February 18. Coach Massimiliano Allegri had hoped to have the Argentina international on the bench at the Allianz Stadium. However, Juve confirmed on Tuesday Higuain is still suffering from pain and will therefore not be risked. Federico Bernardeschi, Juan Cuadrado and Mattia De Sciglio are also absent, as expected.
Bernardeschi needs surgery
Federico Bernardeschi will miss the Champions League round of 16 second leg tie against Tottenham Hotspur after it was reported that the Juventus winger could require surgery. Bernardeschi picked up a knee injury in the victory over Torino earlier in the month and his injury could be worse than initially feared. If reports from Italy are to be believed, the 24-year-old could miss the rest of the season.
Juventus manager confirms injury blow
Juventus winger Federico Bernardeschi will miss the Champions League round of 16 second leg tie against Tottenham. Doubts over the Italian international emerged during the 1-0 win over Torino last weekend as he sustained knee ligament damage. Speaking ahead of Serie A clash against Atalanta, Allegri delivered an injury update on the 24-year-old. "Bernardeschi will be revaluated in 20 days," he said. "If by that time the conservative treatment has achieved results, good, otherwise we'll have to decide whether to operate or not."
Higuain has also been considered doubtful and Allegri also provided an update on his top scorer: "Higuain hasn't trained since (Torino) and only worked separately from the squad, so it's very unlikely he'll be able to play tomorrow."
Higuain ready for Italian Cup
Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is expected to be fit for Wednesday's Italian Cup semi-final second leg with Atalanta. Even if he does not make that fixture, he could be ready for the Serie A match at Lazio on March 3. That would leave Higuain clear to make the Wembley meeting with Tottenham in the Champions League on March 7. The Argentine striker damaged an ankle during the derby against Torino last Sunday and will miss the Atalanta game in Serie A this weekend.