Isla nearing Juventus debut following long-term knee injury - report

The versatile Chilean has been out of action since picking up a knock for former club Udinese in February, but is expected to return to the pitch with the Old Lady shortly
Mauricio Isla is edging closer to his Juventus debut as his recovery from a knee injury is ahead of schedule, Tuttosport reports.

The Chile international sustained cruciate ligament damage in Udinese's 2-1 Serie A loss at home against AC Milan in February, and he has been out of action ever since.

It did not stop Juventus from signing the 24-year-old, though, as they paid €9.4 million for 50 per cent of the wing-back's economical rights.

Isla has been restricted to individual sessions so far, but he is expected to resume regular training action at the start of August.

Juve are hopeful that the former Universidad Catolica youngster will be match-fit in time to feature in their Serie A opener against Parma on August 25.