Juventus' Claudio Marchisio on track for September return from injury
Claudio Marchisio says his recovery from a serious knee injury is going according to plan and that he is itching to get back in action.
The Juventus midfielder was ruled out of Euro 2016 after injuring his knee in his side's 4-0 win over Palermo back in April. He is not due to return until late September but he says that is still a realistic forecast for his return, with his recovery on track.
"I'm feeling good," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I had a minor setback right at the start, but there have been great improvements since and I'm pleased with the way things are going.
"The recovery time remains how it was initially, nothing has changed. It's hard to predict the precise day, we're just focusing on the present. I'll be back at Vinovo [training ground] in July for the start of preseason training."
In the meantime, Marchisio is following the progress of his Italy teammates from a distance, and says he is unsurprised by how well their Euro 2016 campaign has started.
"I expected it, in spite of all the pessimism that was going around," he said. "I know my teammates and I know [coach Antonio] Conte.
"I was a bit disappointed by Belgium, who are a side with great talent, but their attitude let them down a bit.
"I'd love to be in France. I'm happy for my teammates, they just need to carry on like this. You can't tell if they are going to go all the way, but the important thing is they make us dream."
While he may not see many of his Juve teammates again for a while this summer, he can be sure of meeting the Bianconeri's newest recruit Miralem Pjanic soon since he is also not involved in Euro 2016.
Marchisio has welcomed his arrival, even if the former Roma midfielder will be rivalling him for a place in the team next season.
"He's a great player -- still young but experienced," Marchisio said. "He can change games with the quality he's got. He's going to strengthen our squad and it's a wise signing.
"We don't need that many changes, but just ones who can make a difference and, with Miralem, we've raised our quality."