Bendtner facing long absence

Juventus striker Nicklas Bendtner could be sidelined for up to

three months after damaging his leg against Cagliari on Wednesday

night.

The on-loan Arsenal forward was forced to leave the pitch before

half-time in a 1-0 Coppa Italia victory and medical tests revealed

the extent of the injury.

A statement on juventus.com read: “Nicklas Bendtner has

undergone an MRI scan and ultrasound that have revealed a lesion on

his left adductor tendon.

“The prognosis will become clearer after further examinations

which the Danish striker will undergo in the coming days.”

Bendtner has struggled to make an impact for the Italian

champions – failing to score in eight appearances – but his

protracted absence will leave the Serie A leaders light on numbers

up front, with only Fabio Quagliarella, Mirko Vucinic and Sebastian

Giovinco available.

There was better news on midfielder Arturo Vidal, who complained

of pain in his right knee during the game, with an MRI scan

revealing light bruising.