Injury and suspension have denied Argentina the opportunity to field Lionel Messi and his heir apparent Paulo Dybala together too often so the sight of the Juventus forward leaving the field after 27 minutes with a muscle problem was a sorry sight for La Albiceleste.
The signal to the bench suggested an issue with Dybala’s hamstring and if serious enough would have surely ruled the 23-year-old out of Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Chile on Thursday.
However, despite replacing the forward immediately with Marko Pjaca, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri eased concerns, saying, “It is nothing to worry about.
“There’s nothing wrong with him, he felt a strain in his muscle but it will only be a couple of days off,” asserted the Italian coach.
Edgardo Bauza will certainly hope so but will have the national squad medical staff assess Dybala when he arrives in Buenos Aires this week.
Argentina host Chile on Thursday evening at the Estadio Monumental before heading to La Paz to take on Bolivia the following Tuesday and Dybala will hopefully be available.