March 28, 2015 09:41:37 UK
Juventus are hopeful that midfielder Claudio Marchisio will be back in action sooner than expected after suffering a knee injury while with Italy.
Initial reports from the international camp suggested that the 29-year-old could be sidelined for as much as six months, but Juve are hopeful that Marchisio has not suffered any serious damage to his right knee.
A statement from the runaway Serie A leaders confirmed: “After returning from international duty on Friday afternoon, Claudio Marchisio underwent medical examinations conducted by Juventus’ club doctors and Dr Flavio Quaglia.
“The 29-year-old then underwent an MRI scan on his right knee this evening. The tests, supervised by Dr Carlo Faletti at Turin’s Fornaca Clinic, ruled positive, excluding the possibility of a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament.
“Marchisio will now rest and his condition is to be monitored on a day-to-day basis.”
Things had previously looked bad for Marchisio after tests while still with Italy appeared to show major ligament damage.
Azzurri doctor Enrico Castellacci had said in a statement from the Italian FA: “An MRI scan was performed immediately at the Fanfani Institute in Florence, which showed a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament.”
Juve are set to retain their Serie A title in style this season, while they have also reached the Champions League quarter-finals, where they will take on Monaco.
The Bianconeri are 1.36 to reach the semi-finals of the competition and are 8.00 to win the Champions League this season, with Monaco 67.00.
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