Juventus beat Sampdoria but tearful Dybala out of Chelsea visit

Juventus’ Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci shoots and scores a penalty during the Italian Serie A football match between Juventus and Sampdoria on September 26, 2021 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. (Photo: AFP)
TURIN, Italy — Juventus held off Sampdoria to win their second match of the Serie A season 3-2 on Sunday but will have to face Chelsea without star forward Paulo Dybala after the Argentina forward limped off with a thigh injury.اضافة اعلان

Dybala opened the scoring early at a wet Allianz Stadium, with Leonardo Bonucci and Manuel Locatelli netting the other goals to move Juventus ninth on eight points, but soon afterwards the 27-year-old left the field in tears after the latest in a long line of injuries.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side host holders Chelsea in their second Champions League group match on Wednesday and the coach said that both Dybala and centre-forward Alvaro Morata, who also exited with a thigh problem towards the end of the match, would be out of action till  after the next international break which runs from after next weekend’s matches to October 15.

“Dybala and Morata definitely won’t be available for Chelsea and Torino (on Saturday),” Allegri told reporters after the match.

Fiorentina bounced back from midweek defeat to Inter Milan with a battling 1-0 win at Udinese which moved them into fifth on 12 points, four behind league leaders AC Milan.

Promoted Empoli is threatening the European places after beating Bologna 4-2 to win its second match on the bounce and climb up to seventh, while Salernitana remains rooted to the bottom of the league with a single point after losing 1-0 at Sassuolo.

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