Federico Chiesa injury update ahead of Juventus vs Napoli

Jack Gallagher
Federico Chiesa suffered an injury on international duty
Federico Chiesa suffered an injury on international duty / Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Federico Chiesa is a doubt for Juventus' crucial game against SSC Napoli this weekend after picking up a knock while on international duty.

The Juventus star suffered a thigh injury in training ahead of Italy's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at the Mapei Stadium, and was quickly sent back to his club to undergo tests.

News of the forward's withdrawal from the Azzurri squad rightfully worried Juve fans, as they are set to face Napoli on Saturday in a bid to get their season up and running. La Vecchia Signora have taken just one point from their first two games, drawing 2-2 with Udinese on the opening day before slipping to a shock defeat against lowly Empoli last time out.

Sky Italia have reported that initial tests showed that Chiesa's injury is not a serious one, but he remains a doubt for Saturday's game.

With Chiesa likely sidelined, Juventus manager Max Allegri could turn to either Alvaro Morata or the returning Moise Kean to start alongside Paulo Dybala in attack.

The latter recently rejoined Juventus on loan from Everton - having endured a horrid time on Merseyside, scoring just four goals following a €27.5m move - and will be keen (pun surprisingly not intended) to impress the fans in what would be his first game for the club in two years.

Kean will be going into this weekend's contest in high spirits having scored his first and second Italy goals since 2019 on Wednesday night in his side's hammering of Lithuania. Gli Azzurri beat their opponents 4-0, ending the international break on a high following back-to-back draws previously.

If Chiesa is unavailable on Saturday, Juve fans will be hoping the striker brings that international goalscoring form back to club football.