Italian champions Juventus could be without Giorgio Chiellini for the next three months because of injury.
The stopper has picked up a calf strain in training which, if initial fears are confirmed in 48 hours, will see him set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Chiellini is a key figure in Antonio Conte’s three-man defence alongside Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci.
The injury comes in the same week that Juventus rescinded the contract of centre-back Lucio given his lack of playing time.
Martin Caceres will in all likelihood take Chiellini’s place in the starting XI, but Juve could now look to sign a new defender in January given their Champions League commitments in 2013.
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