Updates from Tuesday, July 22
Alvaro Morata will miss the start of the new Serie A season after scans revealed a ligament tear in his left knee.
Juventus' official website confirmed:
Alvaro Morata this morning underwent an MRI scan after being forced to depart yesterday afternoon’s training session early due to injury.
The tests, carried out at Turin’s Clinica Fornaca di Sessant, revealed a second grade tear of the medial collateral ligament in the striker’s left knee.
He is estimated to return to action in 50 days.
New arrival Alvaro Morata didn't get the kind of start to his Juventus career as he would have hoped, as the Spanish forward injured his left knee during pre-season training on Monday, according to the club's official website.
The injury is described as a sprain, with further testing to take place on Tuesday.
"Spanish forward Alvaro Morata sustained a sprained left knee in this afternoon’s training session," the statement read. "His condition will be assessed tomorrow."
The club is yet to comment on how much time the youngster could potentially miss, but knee sprains can typically take several weeks to heal.
Morata was only unveiled by the club a couple of days ago and immediately made it clear how excited he was to get to work by hugging Beppe Marotta, via Emilio Celini:
Best part from Morata's unveiling was when Alvaro just turned round and surprised Marotta with a hug. Class! pic.twitter.com/hgASB1XMgb— Emilio Celini (@EmilioCelini) July 20, 2014
The Bianconeri paid €20 million for Morata, per Sky Sport Italia (h/t Football Italia), although Real Madrid still hold a buy-back option they can activate from 2015-16.
Fans couldn't believe how unlucky both the club and the player were when they found out about the injury:
Morata has injured his knee in his first training session for Juventus. He'll have more tests tomorrow. Bad luck, Alvaro.— Spurspanyol (@Spurspanyol) July 21, 2014
The injury was reportedly the result of a clash with backup goalkeeper Rubinho, leading to this rather sarcastic tweet from David Amoyal of Gianluca DiMarzio's site:
This is Rubinho's 3rd season at Juve and injuring Morata is first notable thing he has done for the club— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) July 21, 2014
Morata will likely miss the rest of pre-season and the start of Juventus' Serie A campaign, but given the team's proficient duo of Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez, his loss shouldn't have too much of an impact.
It's terrible news for the striker, who came to Juventus to find more playing time than he did in the Spanish capital. By missing his start in Turin, he could be forced to play catch-up for much of the 2014-15 season.