With fixtures against Napoli, Bayern Munich and Inter all pencilled in the diary this month, there is little doubting the importance that this February could have on Juventus’ season on both domestic and European fronts.
In many ways, therefore, Roberto Pereyra’s return from injury could not be more timely. Having been out of action for three and a half months, the midfielder played the final 24 minutes of the Bianconeri’s 2-0 win over Frosinone on Sunday, with both goals scored after his second-half introduction at the Stadio Matusa.
Commenting on his lengthy spell on the sidelines since tearing his thigh muscle against Atalanta on 25 October, Pereyra admitted that he was relieved to have swapped the treatment table for the dressing room just before a crucial period of his side’s campaign.
“It’s not been easy following matches from the sidelines without being able to help my team-mates. Luckily I’m now back with the rest of the squad.
“I think that the match against Frosinone was very important for us in terms of preparing properly for Napoli. We played well and that performance has filled us with confidence.”