Juventus have confirmed that tests carried out on Andrea Pirlo have ruled him out of action for up to 30 days.
The midfielder was seen as a doubt for this weekend’s season opener at Chievo having picked up a knock during last weekend’s Trofeo TIM.
Again absent from training this morning, the Bianconeri have now confirmed the full extent to the player’s issue, revealed in tests.
Confirming the news in a statement, Juve report that as the result of a blow to the hip suffered during the Trofeo TIM, the 35-year-old underwent an MRI that highlighted a strain in his rectus femoris - thigh muscle - that will require 30 days for ‘complete functional recovery’.
The player will enter into a specific rehabilitation training programme and also be subject to follow-up tests on the injury in 15 days’ time.
It rules Pirlo out of potentially Juventus’ first five Serie A fixtures, at least the first matchday in the Champions League group stage and also contention for Italy’s first squad under Antonio Conte, to be announced this weekend.
The injury heightens Max Allegri’s selection issues ahead of his competitive debut on the Juve bench, as he is already without Alvaro Morata, Arturo Vidal, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini for Week 1.
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