Saturday July 21 2012
Caceres suspected ligament damage

Juventus blasted the pitch after Martin Caceres suffered potential ligament damage and Simone Pepe a thigh strain during the Trofeo TIM.

The mini-tournament was played at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari this evening, consisting of three 45-minute encounters between Inter, Milan and Juve.

The Bianconeri won the second match 1-0 against the Rossoneri, but were hit by two major injury blows when Pepe limped off and Caceres left the field on a stretcher.

Initial reports from the Juventus camp suggest Pepe has a suspected thigh strain, but Caceres sprained his left knee with possible collateral ligament damage.

“Mirko Vucinic only had cramp, but Pepe has a thigh strain and we don’t know yet about Caceres,” commented Coach Antonio Conte.

“It’s a shame, as such a wonderful tournament watched by so many people is played on a pitch that does not help football and makes injuries more likely.

“Tonight we faced important sides. Despite the introduction of new faces and many absences, we are working hard so everyone can understand the concept of our football.

“I saw positive aspects, but we know there is a long way to go and we will grow. The defence did well. Lucio has to learn some mechanisms of movement, but he is at our disposal and will be a strong point for our team.”

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