In the bianconeri there is an average of 1.32 stops per game, never so high not even in 2021-22, that of Allegri’s return
Injuries, we have a problem. Which has not been resolved over the months, on the contrary. We are at the beginning of the second round, yet the data relating to the physical problems suffered by the Juventus players up to now say that it is the worst season of the last 5.
We are talking about an average of 1.32 stops per game, never so high even in 2021-22, that of Allegri’s return to black and white, which had been the most nefarious with a percentage of 0.92. The least comforting data is that relating to muscle and tendon knockouts: Juve travels on average of one injury per match. A high incidence that cannot fail to have repercussions on the field, given that the coach has never managed to have all the men available so far. Allegri counted on succeeding in early January, when the time for real Juve, the one imagined only on paper and never deployed due to the prolonged absences of Chiesa and Pogba and the quite frequent absences of Di Maria as well, seemed to have arrived. Instead in February he finds himself with players who are still at a standstill or struggling with aftermath and relapses. At the moment, in addition to the long-term resident Kaio Jorge, Milik, Bonucci and Pogba are missing. Nothing to do with the peaks of 10-11 absent that Juve had before the World Cup break, but still conditioning numbers at a time when games are played every three days.
Not just Pogba
Before the corporate tsunami, both Nedved and Arrivabene had underlined the need to intervene during the World break on the injury front, to identify the causes and run for cover, and Allegri himself had admitted “we did something wrong”. The upheaval at the top and the legal problems have pushed the issue into the background, but the situation hasn’t improved in the meantime: 37 injuries, of which 28 muscle and tendon injuries and 9 traumatic, for a total of 180 games missed. Several players who have stopped several times (Di Maria, Bonucci, Pogba, Chiesa) and those who have had relapses. Very few who stayed away from the infirmary (Danilo, Perin, Rugani, Gatti, Miretti and Fagioli). Pogba, for example, had a traumatic injury, then stopped two more times due to muscle problems: first a strain, now a flexor strain, very popular lately (see Milik). It is difficult to say if and how much preparation and workloads may have influenced. Giovanni Andreini, the trainer hired last summer to coordinate the areas related to performance (medical, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, nutrition and athletics) and stop the bleeding from injuries, will take care of it.
February 6 – 09:17
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