MILAN (AP) — Paulo Dybala left the field in tears shortly after scoring to set Juventus on the way to a 3-2 victory over Sampdoria in Serie A on Sunday.
Dybala has endured a number of muscular injuries over the years and it appeared as if he had suffered another one after pulling up suddenly.
The Juventus forward was able to walk off and was consoled by his teammates as he did so.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed after the match that Dybala and Álvaro Morata will miss tomorrow’s Champions League match against Chelsea – and Saturday’s Serie A derby against Torino – but that he hopes to have both forwards back after the international break.
Leonardo Bonucci converted a penalty and Manuel Locatelli scored his first goal for Juventus. Maya Yoshida and Antonio Candreva kept the match alive for Sampdoria.
It was an unconvincing win for Juve and only its second of the season. It lifted the Bianconeri up to ninth, 10 points behind Serie A leader Napoli which beat Cagliari 2-0. In Turin, Juventus was keen to build on its first win midweek and it started brightly.
Dybala gave it the lead with a delightful strike into the bottom right corner from outside the area in the 10th minute and the Bianconeri could have extended their lead before he was forced off after pulling up injured, clutching the back of his leg.
The tempo fell after that but Bonucci drilled a powerful penalty into the bottom left corner two minutes from the break to double Juve’s lead after a handball from Nicola Murru.
But Sampdoria pulled one back a minute later. Mattia Perin did well to parry Fabio Quagliarella’s effort but the resulting corner was taken short and Candreva whipped in a cross for Yoshida to head into the far side of the net.
Juventus restored its two-goal advantage 12 minutes into the second half.