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Juventus Midfielder Arturo Vidal Injured Ahead of Torino and Shakhtar Ties

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 25:  Arturo Vidal of Juventus FC in action during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Juventus FC at San Siro Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Adrian AgiusAnalyst INovember 28, 2012

Powerhouse Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal is likely to miss the Bianconeri's clash with Torino this weekend after picking up an injury during a training session. Whilst it was expected that the Chilean would be rested this weekend—ahead of Juve's crucial tie against Shakhtar Donetsk—the injury could potentially see Vidal also miss The Old Lady's matchday 6 tie.

According to the Juventus website, "Arturo Vidal pulled up in this afternoon’s workout due to an overload in his adductor muscles. The Chilean midfielder’s condition will be progressively monitored over the next few days." 

The training injury re-kindles suggestions that the Juventus midfield is being worked overtime and cannot keep up with the demands of playing in three competitions. Following the Bianconeri's 3-0 demolition of Chelsea in the Champions League, Juventus were defeated 1-0 by a struggling AC Milan side—deservedly.

Andrea Pirlo—although still brilliant—has thus far proved a shadow of his former self, only showing glimpses of the form that saw him guide Juve to an undefeated Scudetto just last season. Admittedly, Vidal has still proved prolific, netting nine times in 18 appearances, but the very fact he has already taken part in 18 matches this season perhaps raises calls for greater squad rotation.

The Chilean International has proved to be one of the best performers in the UEFA Champions League this season—scoring in both legs against Chelsea—but with the Shakhtar tie looming, could play a far more removed role than he is used to.

It is expected that up-and-coming French prodigy, Paul Pogba, will make a start for Juventus against Torino this weekend. Pogba's consistently strong performances off the bench for the Turin giants have made him a useful outlet for Angelo Alessio, and his flexibility in the middle of the park has ensured an absence of either Pirlo, Vidal or Marchisio isn't detrimental to the squad.

Juventus currently lie in first position in the Serie A, but have had their lead cut down to two points after a recent slump in form—a slump that has seen them defeated at the hands of both Milanese sides.

UEFA Champions League wise, Juventus need at least a draw to ensure qualification into the round of 16. A loss away to Donetsk could potentially see them out of the competition.

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