Hard hand against Di Maria

Bad news arrives (once again) for Juventus. The sports judge of the Lega Serie A decided to punish Ángel De María with a two-day sanction instead of one. The Argentine, during Sunday’s disastrous match against Monza, had been sent off in the first half for elbowing rival Izzo in reaction to intense defensive pressure. The judge’s statement described the reason for his measure as follows: “For having, at 41′ of the first half, hit a player from the rival team with an elbow in the chest, as a reaction to a foul received during a play”. The winger, then, will not participate in the fundamental matches against Bologna in Turin and Milan in the San Siro. Juve is experiencing a deep crisis (it is seven points behind the lead and started the Champions League with two defeats, something never seen before) and will only be able to count on the Argentine from October 15, in the derby with Torino.

El Fideo had started well, with a goal and an assist against Sassuolo on August 15, but has hardly been seen since then. A muscle injury left him out of action against Sampdoria, Roma, PSG and Salernitanawhile against Spezia, Fiorentina, Benfica and Monza he played little and did not shine.

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