Juventus midfielderÂ Blaise Matuidi has been deemed a doubt ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s clash with the Serie A giants later this month after suffering an injury during his side’s 7-0 win overÂ Sassuolo at the weekend.
The 30-year-old was forced off after just 26 minutes in the Italian outfit’s comprehensive victory on Sunday after suffering a “mild-medium tear” in his left thigh.
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“Following the injury sustained against Sassuolo, Blaise Matuidi underwent tests at J|Medical on Monday afternoon, which revealed a mild-medium tear to the flexor muscles in his left thigh”, the club wrote in a statement via their official website.
“The Bianconeri midfielder has already started therapy and further tests will be necessary to better ascertain the extent of his injury.”
While the club are yet to confirm the extent of his absence due to the issue, and the Frenchman set to undergo further tests in order to clarify the timescales, there are thoughts the player could not only be set to miss Juve’s first clash with Spurs, but also the return leg at Wembley Stadium – with claims of a rehabilitation time lasting up to four weeks.
The news will come as a huge boost to Tottenham bossÂ Mauricio Pochettino, withÂ Matuidi often seen as an instrumental figure within the Allianz Stadium’s ranks.
However, as expected, with the France international out of the pictureÂ Claudio Marchisio, who replaced his teammate midway through the first-half at the weekend, will likely take responsibility in the centre of the park.
The former Paris Saint-Germain star’s unavailability adds to the already clogged up physio room, withÂ Paulo Dybala andÂ centre-back Benedikt Howedes also both in a race against time to make it back for the visit of Spurs next Tuesday.
Former Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado is another on the injury list, however he has been ruled out after undergoing surgery on a groin injury.