The Dutch center-back, De Ligt could be set to miss the first two months of the 2020/21 season after Juventus announced he underwent shoulder surgery.
With the 2020/21 Serie A season set to begin on 19th September, De Light could be sidelined for the first two months of the domestic campaign.
“This morning, Matthijs de Ligt underwent stabilization surgery on his right shoulder, at the UPMC Salvator Mundi clinic in Rome”. A statement from Juventus read.
“The operation, performed by Dr. Volker Mushal, assisted by doctors, Bryson Lesniak and Fabrizio Margheritini and in the presence of Juventus’ Head of Medical Department, Luca Stefanini was a complete success”.
“The estimated recovery time is approximately three months”.
Contrary, there were major expectations on De Ligt’s shoulder after he rejected interest from all over Europe to join Juventus for €75 million from Ajax in July 2019.
De Ligt came in for major criticism at times during his debut season in Turin. But his performance stabilized as the season went on as he admits he felt much more comfortable near the end of the campaign.
“I feel much better physically now and mentally I am in a much, much better place”. Said De Ligt.
The defender as well admitted he heard the criticism early in his Juventus career. But he said that scoring the winner against Torino early in the season helped to make him feel more at home in Turin.
“It wasn’t an easy time for me. I received a lot of criticism and I was under pressure. That goal raised my spirits and made me and my team-mates happy. Thanks to that goal, I became the footballer I am today.
De Ligt went on to help Juventus clinch their ninth consecutive Serie A crown. But their European season ended in disappointment last week. Rivals Lyon eliminated them from the Champions League at the last-16 stage.