Giorgio Chiellini “will be back on the pitch between January and March,” assured the Juventus captain’s agent, and ready for Euro 2020.
The 35-year-old defender was ruled out for at least six months by a torn anterior cruciate ligament at the end of August.
“His recovery is progressing positively and the man has this magnetic positivity,” Davide Lippi told TMW Radio.
“It’s incredible. He works so hard every day and when I call him up, he’s the one who reassures me. He is making giant leaps forward.
“I don’t know the precise date of his comeback, but it will certainly be in the New Year. It might be the end of January, February or March, but he will certainly be there for the final part of the season.”
There is extra motivation to recover quickly, as Chiellini doesn’t want to miss out on Euro 2020 following Italy’s qualification.
Paulo Dybala can “do what David Trezeguet, Mauro Camoranesi and Pavel Nedved did” at Juventus, according to Giorgio Chiellini.
Dybala was close to leaving Juve over the summer as they tried to bring in Romelu Lukaku, but the forward has gone on to re-establish himself for Maurizio Sarri’s side, scoring and assisting three goals each this season.
“Paulo’s a very quiet person, a golden boy who we’ve seen grow with us,” Chiellini told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Paulo’s someone who doesn’t talk much, but he ends up doing so and he shows it on the pitch.
“Last season was considered a bad one for Dybala, but it depends on what’s asked of him.
“If Dybala plays as a centre-forward, he scores 20 goals. But if Dybala plays as a midfielder, he scores five goals and there’s nothing wrong with that.
“He makes the team play and is also important in many other ways. In my opinion, Paulo’s still growing. He’s an international player.
“He also showed it on Tuesday. He wanted to stay here. He had the opportunity to leave, but he’s someone who wants to go up a level.
“He’s someone who’s worn our captain’s armband with honour because he deserved to.
“I wouldn’t be that surprised if Paulo did what Trezeguet, Camoranesi and Nedved did, which is writing an important page in Juventus’ history.”