Fabio Quagliarella of Juventus has returned to training a week after undergoing surgery on a fractured cheekbone.
The striker picked up the injury in the 1-0 win at Lecce’s Stadio Via Del Mare. He went under the knife last Monday.
The former Sampdoria and Napoli forward, who will have to wear a protective mask, isn’t expected to be ready for this weekend’s tip to Atalanta.
The hope at Vinovo is to have the player at the disposal of boss Antonio Conte for the Italian Cup game against Roma.
That quarter-final tie is scheduled for January 24.