Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta faces another two weeks on the sidelines as he continues his recovery from a knee operation.
The 30-year-old damaged the meniscus in his left knee during a training session on October 24 and needed a routine surgical procedure that Claudio Marchisio and Gigi Buffon have already had this season.
He was expected to be out for just 40 days, but it has now been four months since the injury first took place.
Iaquinta complained that the knee was still swollen a month after the operation. He then tried to train with the squad in January, but had to stop almost immediately.
According to Doctor Goitre, the capsule containing the cartilage in his knee had broken, adding another three months to his time in the treatment room.
In the meantime, Iaquinta has lost a lot of muscle in his quadriceps and needs to recover about 1cm before it’s safe for him to return.
Juventus’s medical staff believes that will take another fortnight.
Italy boss Marcello Lippi is said to be concerned as Iaquinta – together with Fiorentina’s Alberto Gilardino – is one of the strikers he definitely wants to take to South Africa.