Giorgio Chiellini will have knee surgery tomorrow and is expected to be out for at least six months, so Juventus are considering last-minute replacements.
The defender only turned 35 a couple of weeks ago and had scored Juve’s opening goal of the Serie A season against Parma.
He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a training session on Friday and is expected to have surgery in Innsbruck with Professor Christian Fink on Tuesday.
Only after the operation will it be clearer how bad the damage is and how long he is expected to take before a full recovery.
Chiellini has often suffered with muscular problems during his career, but this is his first serious knee injury.
This type of problem usually requires six months out, but with a player of his age and history of muscular issues, a return to full fitness is a little less predictable.
The Bianconeri have been linked with a series of potential last-minute replacements, but the Serie A transfer deadline is tonight at 21.00 UK time (20.00 GMT).
Candidates include Jerome Boateng of Bayern Munich, Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren, Shkodran Mustafi from Arsenal or a return for Medhi Benatia after he left in January for Al-Duhail.
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