Juric: ‘Sanabria can replace Belotti’

by | Dec 1, 2021 13:00

Ivan Juric stressed he will not change Torino’s formation due to injuries and pointed at Antonio Sanabria to replace injured Andrea Belotti. ‘This is not a problem’.

The Granata prepare to face Empoli on Thursday night and Juric confirmed Belotti will be out until February next year.

Torino lose Belotti for at least two months

The 27-year-old suffered a hamstring injury and has been ruled out for at least two months and Juric said the new setback came at a time when the Italy international ‘was giving good signals’.

“He’s a player like any other, people carry on,” Juric said at a press conference. “I’m sorry for him because he was giving good signals, he will be out, and I hope he will be back a bit before mid-February. But he will be out for a long time.”

But Juric stressed he’s not changing formation due to the captain’s setback and pointed at the players capable of replacing the absentees.

“Never, absolutely not,” Juric said. “In place of [Koffi] Djidji, there’s [David] Zima and [Armando] Izzo, in place of Belotti, there’s [Antonio] Sanabria. This is not a problem.”

Juric was asked if he plans to dive into the transfer market in January to replace Belotti, but the Croatian coach revealed he doesn’t like to sign new players during the season.

“In the summer you take stock, sometimes you make mistakes too,” Juric said. “I don’t like January, many are improving and then if there are situations where someone can raise the level, then maybe yes.

“But little will be done. We’ll see about an attacker.”


1 Comment

  1. Stefano

    everytime Belotti is playing actually decent he gets injured and then takes forever to heal and then it takes forever for him to return to playing form.

    His career I feel this time is close to being over.

    At least Mancini now can turn the pate completely and go with other options

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