Italian League News: Juventus may have to go without captain Leonardo Bonucci when they travel to Sampdoria for the second week of the 2022/2023 Serie A season, with Federico Gatti potentially making his official debut.
The veteran Italian centre-back Bonucci played the full 90 minutes as the Bianconeri opened the season by beating Sassuolo 3-0 at the Allianz Stadium on Tuesday (16/8).
Leonardo Bonucci played alongside summer signing Gleison Bremer during that game. However Calciomercato It is reported that the 35-year-old defender suffered a flexor problem after that game, and is now a doubt against Sampdoria.
If Bonucci does miss the trip to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, then he will add to the long list of Juventus convicts, which are already filled with two summer signings, Angel Di Maria and Paul Pogba.
In this situation, Federico Gatti has the potential to make his official debut for Juve. He only arrived from Frosinone in the January transfer window, but was loaned out again to the Serie B club until the 2021/2022 season ends.
Federico Gatti (Image: Tuttosport)
However, Gatti will need to compete with the more experienced Daniele Rugani, while a place at the heart of the defense will certainly be filled by Bremer, who was brilliant in his debut game last week.
Gatti and Rugani will probably get more playing time considering Bonucci’s age. Last season, the veteran defender missed 11 games due to injury, with calf and muscle complaints.
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