Juventus striker Paulo Dybala left the pitch in tears after sustaining an injury in a 3-2 win over Sampdoria, which could mean he will miss Wednesday’s game against Chelsea in the Champions League.
The Argentine, who was tasked with replacing Cristiano Ronaldo in Juventus’ top three after the legendary striker returned to Manchester United this summer, scored the game’s opening goal.
However, he was forced to quit just 10 minutes later after sustaining a muscle injury during a fairly trivial challenge with Fabio Depaoli.
When he was substituted, Dybala was visibly moved and had to be comforted by his teammate Alvaro Morata.
Morata himself got injured and he is also uncertain for the game against Chelsea – which would see him miss the clash against his former team.
Boss Massimiliano Allegri will likely look to ex-Everton man Moise Kean to lead his team’s line.
Dybala apologized for leaving the pitch due to an injury on Twitter and insisted he wanted to return as soon as possible.
“Sorry to have left the field, but happy with the victory,” he wrote.
“I’ll take my tests tomorrow, but I’m already thinking of coming back as soon as possible.
Juve’s clash with Chelsea in the Champions League could come too soon for the striker, which would be another blow for his manager, Allegri.
The Old Lady is currently ninth in Serie A after a poor start to the season, but with three wins in her last four games, she is approaching the European meeting in better shape.
Chelsea’s loss to Manchester City is not an ideal preparation for them as they look to build on an opening game win over Zenit at Stamford Bridge.
Gabriel Jesus ‘strike was the only goal of the match and was the Blues’ first loss of the season.