Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of Juventus’ in-house friendly at Villar Perosa this afternoon with a thigh strain.
Juve tweeted Ronaldo had suffered ‘a slight strain in his left thigh muscle’ and would work on his own for the next few days.
It comes as a blow to the thousands of fans who have flocked to the Turin comune, hoping to see the No 7 in action.
The 34-year-old was similarly absent against K League All-Stars, with the club explaining he had a muscle problem on that occasion.
The Bianconeri start the new Serie A season against Parma on August 24, so it is likely they want to keep Ronaldo under wraps until then.
The friendly is played every summer between the Old Lady’s first team and Primavera side.
Gianluigi Buffon and Gonzalo Higuain return to the municipality after a year away, while Paulo Dybala could get his first minutes of a summer overshadowed by Copa America and transfer speculation.
It is also the first time for new boys Adrien Rabiot, Merih Demiral, Aaron Ramsey and Matthijs de Ligt.