Juve Defender Caceres Out for Ten Weeks

Juventus will be without defender Martin Caceres and midfielder Federico Mattiello for the rest of the season.

Centre-back Caceres underwent “successful” ankle surgery today (Monday) after fracturing his left ankle in training on Sunday. The Serie A leaders estimate that the Uruguay international, who has made ten league appearances this season, will be out for ten weeks.

Juve said in a statement: “Martin Caceres this morning underwent a double operation after sustaining a malleolus fracture in Sunday afternoon’s training session at Juventus Center.

Martin Caceres Vies for the Ball With Gervinho During a Serie A Game. Image: AFP.
Martin Caceres Vies for the Ball With Gervinho During a Serie A Game. Image: AFP.

“The surgical procedure of osteosynthesis was applied to the fracture and the defender was also subjected to arthroscopy on his left ankle, a necessary course of treatment following the twist he suffered yesterday.

“In addition, he underwent an arthroscopic capsuloplasty procedure, designed to stabilise his right shoulder.

The Serie A champions will look to close in on a fourth consecutive Italian title. They could extend their eight-point advantage over second-placed Roma with an 11th home victory in 14 outings this season with a win over Sassuolo.

Mattiello, on loan at Chievo, suffered a fractured tibia and fibula in the side’s goalless home draw with Roma on Sunday. He faces six months on the sidelines.

A statement from Chievo said: “The two-hour surgery went well and Matiello will remain under observation in hospital.”

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