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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.

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Thursday September 5 2019
Italy take the Mkhi in Armenia

The Azzurri did just about enough to grind out a win over 10-man Armenia, but it was a reality check for Giancarlo Rinaldi.

It wasn’t pretty nor very much deserved, that’s for sure. If grinding out wins in uninspiring fashion is a symptom of coming down with a winning mentality, then this might be just what the Azzurri team doctor ordered. For the rest of us, enthused by some of the nice football seen in previous outings, a flattering triumph over Armenia felt about as good as chugging down your cough medicine when you are six years old.

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Thursday September 5 2019
Romagnoli on replacing Chiellini

Alessio Romagnoli discussed the pressure of replacing injured Giorgio Chiellini for Italy and why he “has to” play in the Champions League.

The Milan centre-back started with his former club teammate Leonardo Bonucci in this evening’s 3-1 win away to Armenia.

“We always have to improve and be ready when called upon,” Romagnoli told Rai Sport.

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Thursday September 5 2019
Serie A sextet on World 11 shortlist

Giorgio Chiellini, Diego Godin, Kalidou Koulibaly, Matthijs de Ligt, Alex Sandro and Cristiano Ronaldo are all on the shortlist for the 2019 FIFA FIFPro World 11.

Chiellini, who is the only Italian representative on the 55-man shortlist, is joined by Juventus teammates Alex Sandro, De Ligt and Ronaldo.

Completing the Serie A representation are Inter new boy Godin and Napoli’s defensive lynchpin, while there is a place for former Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo - now at Manchester City.

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Wednesday September 4 2019
Pavoletti out for seven months

Cagliari striker Leonardo Pavoletti underwent knee surgery today and is expected to be out of action for seven months.

The Italy international limped off with a left knee problem during the opening game of the Serie A season against Brescia.

Tests showed he had damaged the anterior cruciate ligament as well as the external meniscus.

Pavoletti went under the knife today in Innsbruck and a statement released by Cagliari confirms he is expected to make a full recovery in circa seven months.

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Wednesday September 4 2019
Bonucci: 'Armenia are always tough'

Leonardo Bonucci warned Armenia are “always tough” and the 2-2 draw effectively ruined their World Cup campaign, while revealing Henrikh Mkhitaryan memories.

The Euro 2020 qualifier kicks off on in Yerevan on Thursday at 17.00 UK time.

There is only one Italy player left in the current squad who faced Armenia in both previous Euro qualifier games in 2012-13.

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Tuesday September 3 2019
Chiellini out for six months

Juventus have confirmed that captain Giorgio Chiellini will be out for ‘around six months’ after successful knee surgery.

Chiellini tore the ACL in his right knee last week and went under the knife in Austria on Tuesday.

A statement released by Juve this evening confirmed the defender’s operation was ‘perfectly successful’.

As for a recovery time, the Bianconeri expect to have him back in early March.

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Tuesday September 3 2019
CL: Juve omit Emre Can & Mandzukic

Juventus have omitted Emre Can, Mario Mandzukic and Giorgio Chiellini from their squad for the 2019-20 Champions League group stage.

Juve had a selection dilemma on their hands after they failed to trim their squad sufficiently over the summer.

As a result, Emre Can and Mandzukic are the biggest names to have been left out by boss Maurizio Sarri.

Their places are filled by Blaise Matuidi and Gonzalo Higuain, the latter of whom has fought his way back into contention.

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Monday September 2 2019
Chiellini set for ACL surgery

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.

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Sunday September 1 2019
Italy: D'Ambrosio in for De Sciglio

After Giorgio Chiellini, now his Juventus teammate Mattia De Sciglio has also pulled out of the Italy squad, replaced by Inter’s Danilo D’Ambrosio.

The Azzurri go into Euro 2020 qualifiers against Armenia and Finland.

Coach Roberto Mancini has already been forced into one change after Chiellini tore his ACL in training, an injury that will keep him out for around six months.

The veteran made way for Lazio centre-back Francesco Acerbi.

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