Sunday September 8 2019
Chiellini to be non-playing captain

Giorgio Chiellini will reportedly continue to sit on the Juventus bench as a non-playing captain throughout his six-month lay-off.

The 35-year-old defender tore his anterior cruciate ligament during training and had surgery in Innsbruck this week.

He is not expected back on the field for at least six months, but that doesn’t mean Juve won’t be able to count on his support or leadership qualities.

Chiellini was on the bench at the Juventus Stadium for the 4-3 victory over Napoli and was the first to hobble down on his crutches to console Kalidou Koulibaly for the stoppage-time own goal.

According to Tuttosport, he will try to be on the bench as much as possible throughout the recovery period, including away matches.

It will all be organised along with his physiotherapists and medical staff to ensure the journeys do not interfere with his treatment.

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