Clubs, Italian Serie A, Juventus, Paulo Dybala, Story


Paulo Dybala and Sami Khedira were subbed off due to injury before Federico Bernardeschi found a winner for Juventus at Cagliari.

Paulo Dybala left Juventus’ win against Cagliari in tears on Saturday after suffering a suspected hamstring strain.

The Argentine pulled up less than five minutes into the second half and could not continue, though Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri said it was too early to speculate on the extent of the injury.

“We don’t know how bad it is now, but he will have tests,” Allegri told Mediaset Premium. “Fortunately we go into a two-week break now and he’ll evidently need to rest more than the others during that time, so hopefully will be fresh for the final weeks of the season.”

Juventus do not play against until Jan. 22 against Genoa, and Allegri was relieved to enter the break with a 1-0 victory that keeps them a single point back of Serie A leaders Napoli.

“We didn’t react as well as we should’ve done, the second half was very physical,” Allegri said. “It was very important that we bring home the result, so I compliment the lads, as we are still in Napoli’s slipstream and have broken away from Inter and Roma…

“Juventus have done our duty very well so far this season, as we are second in Serie A, through to the Champions League Round of 16 and the Coppa Italia semifinals.”

Federico Bernardeschi tapped in to put Juve ahead in the 74th minute, and though moments later he appeared to use his arm to bring down a cross, no penalty was given.

The hosts were also upset that the goal was given while Leonardo Pavoletti was down injured following a clash with Medhi Benatia, and Allegri sugggested Cagliari had a right to be aggrieved, saying: “I will say that Cagliari did not deserve to lose today.

“VAR is an instrument that was meant to reduce controversy, but instead it has increased it because people don’t accept the referee’s decision.”

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