Saturday December 2 2017
Howedes out until 2018

Benedikt Howedes is out until 2018 with a thigh strain, confirmed Juventus, while Mario Mandzukic remains in doubt for the Champions League against Olympiacos.

The Bianconeri gave an update on the fitness levels of the three players who missed last night’s 1-0 win at Napoli.

Howedes has been diagnosed with a serious setback, a lesion to the right thigh muscle which “necessitates an extended stop with possible return not before the Christmas break.

“The timing will be better ascertained over the next few weeks.”

It’s a bitter blow, as Howedes has made only one competitive appearance for Juventus since the transfer from Schalke 04.

Mandzukic has a calf issue in his left leg and will be monitored on a daily basis, but “remains in doubt for the trip to Athens” on Tuesday.

Stephan Lichtsteiner is slowly recovering from a right thigh problem and requires treatment, but is cup-tied for the Champions League anyway.

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