Italy’s most famous goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will not return to action this year. The Juventus custodian suffered a serious injury while on international duty with the Azzurri in the World Cup and is in a race against time to be fit for Juve’s match against his former club Parma after the winter break.
Gigi as he is commonly referred to, had a herniated disc operation to try and rectify the problem that could have otherwise ended his career in late June and doctors want to make sure he does not suffer a relapse of his injury should he return to the pitch any time before hai fully recovers.
With the signings the Bianconeri made this summer, the addition of Buffon could just tip the tide of the scudetto in their favour. I have always maintained that Juventus will be the shock of the season and i still stand by those sentiments.
As the last line of defense for the Juventus, Buffon has time and time again proved that getting past him is no easy feat. Should Buffon be fit for the second half of the season, then Del Neri can be sure that his side can go all the way in pursuit of their 29 scudetto title.
However, this all depends on how they perform this first half. The Turin outfit lost by a sinlge goal to Bari on the opening day of the Serie A season and the pressure is on Del Neri and his new acquisitions to restore to the club and its fans the pride it rightfully deserves.
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