Claudio Marchisio out for a month

Note: this is not a photo of the incident which caused Marchisio's injury. - Claudio Villa

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio will miss the first month of the Serie A season due to knee injury, but the Old Lady have a more than adequate replacement in Paul Pogba.

Juventus have confirmed that Claudio Marchisio will miss the first month of the season due to knee injury. The midfielder was forced to leave yesterday's Supercoppa match against Lazio in the 21st minute, after a rough collision with Stefan Radu. An MRI on Monday revealed a partial MCL tear in his right knee.

There was speculation over the summer that Marchisio might be on his way out of Juventus, but the club denied the rumors, choosing to stand behind the man that formed an integral part of the team for the last three seasons. It's likely that Marchisio would have continued to take on a starting role in central midfield, but with the injury, Paul Pogba will get the chance to prove his worth as a regular starter.

Juve supporters should have nothing to worry about when it comes to Pogba. He started a string of matches last April and seemed as though he improved through each one. And then there was his substitution for Marchisio on Sunday, when Pogba grabbed a goal less than two minutes after being on the pitch. His performances will certainly take the sting out of Marchisio's absence.

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