Published: Sat, December 03, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Juve injury problems: Alves breaks leg, Bonucci out - News

Juve injury problems: Alves breaks leg, Bonucci out - News

But the news for Alves is much, much worse, with the Brazilian fullback suffering a broken right fibula after going in for a second-half tackle.

Juventus pair Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci have undergone preliminary medical examinations after they were withdrawn prematurely from Sunday's match against Genoa.

Have I ever told you I hate injuries?

Coach Simone Inzaghi said thoughts of a derby win had inspired them on their way to a dominant, 1-0 win provided by Sergej Milinkovic-savic's 31st minute victor.

Giovanni Simeone, the 21-year-old son of Atletico Madrid coach Diego, scored twice in the first 15 minutes before Alex Sandro put through his own goal on a miserable afternoon for the Turin side. It only took three minutes for Genoa to get on the scoresheet from Argentine striker Giovanni Simeone easily dribbling past the unfocused Juventus wall and shooting the ball between the posts after Buffon managed to save three fired shots. Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci lost possession and Luca Rigoni sprinted clear.

Bonucci was forced off after 33 minutes and replaced with Daniele Rugani, who will now be expected to step up to the plate.

It was the summer's most dramatic summer transfer, but Gonzalo Higuain's move north to Juventus - for an Italian record of 90m euros - after hitting a Serie A record of 36 goals for Napoli last season has turned sour of late.

Juventus fell to their third defeat of the season on Sunday - for the third time straight after a Champions League fixture - but Massimiliano Allegri hopes the reversal can be used as a warning against relaxing in the Serie A title race.

Atalanta took their winning run to six matches as goals from Andrea Masiello and Jasmin Kurtic saw off Bologna 2-0, moving them level on points with Lazio.

The mood could change this week after Juve's shock defeat left Roma and AC Milan just four points adrift in second and third places, with Lazio - unbeaten since a 2-0 reverse at AC Milan over two months and 10 games ago - only one point further off the pace in fourth.

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