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Massimiliano Allegri responds to Di Maria injury concerns after Juve debut heroics

Angel Di Maria
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The Argentina international limped off after providing a goal and assist on his Juve debut.

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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has said he is ‘not worried’ about Angel Di Maria’s condition after the winger limped off against Sassuolo.

The 34-year-old, who joined Juve on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, had a dream debut on Monday by scoring the opening goal and later assisting Dusan Vlahovic’s second strike to seal the Bianconeri a 3-0 win over Sassuolo in their Serie A opener.

The game, however, ended on a worrying note when Di Maria limped off in the second half. The Argentine has a suspected adductor problem.

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“I am not worried. We’ll see what the tests say tomorrow,” Allegri told DAZN.

“Unfortunately, these things happen in football. He had this adductor issue a week ago too. Perhaps I should’ve taken him off when we were 3-0 up, but he was enjoying himself out there.”

Midfielder Denis Zakaria also sustained an injury during the match but Allegri, much like with Di Maria, isn’t too concerned.

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“Zakaria just had a cramp, nothing more,” the Juventus boss added.

“The important thing is that we won a game that we really wanted to win, which was by no means simple.”

The three points in Turin have moved Juventus up to second place in the Serie A table after round one of the new season.

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The Old Lady will now visit Sampdoria next Monday for their second match.