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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.

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.

“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.

“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.

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