Juventus striker Paulo Dybala was reportedly in tears as he trudged off just after halftime of Juventus’s 1-0 win over Cagliari on Saturday in Serie A play. The reason? A hamstring problem.
The 23-year-old Argentinian star came off injured in the 50th minute, replaced by Douglas Costa who assisted the eventual winner 24 minutes later. “We don’t know how bad it is now, but he will have tests,” manager Massimiliano Allegri said after the match.
In a World Cup year, players are easily spooked by these types of injuries, and no doubt Dybala had some scary thoughts as he came off in pain. However, with Juventus on a two-week break, he will have time to recover without missing too many club matches.
Dybala has scored 14 goals in Serie A play this season in 19 appearances. He had a brace in a 3-1 win over Hellas Verona back on New Year’s Eve. Douglas Costa, meanwhile, could benefit from Dybala’s injury, as the Brazilian has only started eight of his 20 league appearances this season and just twice since the start of December.
Juventus sits just a point back of Napoli in the league table, although the two aren’t scheduled to play again until late April.