Juventus have confirmed that Merih Demiral will be sidelined for six or seven months after undergoing successful surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The 21-year-old Turkey international had been starting ahead of high profile summer signing Matthijs de Ligt in recent weeks, but was forced off just 19 minutes into the win over Roma last weekend having already scored the opening goal of the game.


But tests carried out in the aftermath revealed ACL damage that required reconstructive surgery. Demiral has ​now had that operation at a clinic in Innsbruck. It was carried out by Professor Christian Fink in the presence of Juve’s own medic Dr. Tzouroudis.

The operation was a ‘perfect success’, but Demiral now begins the long road to recovery.

Juventus have estimated a layoff of at least six months and up to seven. That will rule him out of the rest of the 2019/20 season and will also cruelly force him to miss Euro 2020 with Turkey, which would have been the first major international tournament of his young career.

Demiral is looking at a return to action during pre-season and will hope that he can return to the kind of form that had made him one of the most talked about defenders in Europe prior to his injury.

Merih Demiral,Ciro Immobile

Despite his emergence as a starter with Juventus over the last few weeks, the former Fenerbahce youth player had been linked with a transfer prior to getting injured.

Arsenal and Leicester were particularly linked with potential moves. The Gunners require defensive reinforcements if they are to rise up the table and had earlier been linked with Demiral’s Juventus teammate Daniele Rugani. Heading to Leicester, meanwhile, would have seen the player link up with compatriot Caglar Soyuncu.

Demiral’s absence for the remainder of this season will see De Ligt regain his Juventus place.

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