Juventus have confirmed that veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini has suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in his proper knee.
Chiellini suffered the damage in coaching on Friday and is now set to overlook a number of months, together with his whole 2019-20 season now unsure.
The Serie A champions mentioned that the 35-year-old is about to bear surgical procedure within the coming days.
Chiellini’s absence will probably be a serious blow for Juventus because the membership seems to win its ninth straight Serie A title in 2019-20, in addition to its first Champions League title since 1995-96.
The veteran has been a stalwart for Juve since becoming a member of the membership previous to the 2005-06 season, making 25 league begins final season because the Bianconeri received their eighth consecutive Serie A title.
Chiellini began alongside Leonardo Bonucci in Juve’s first Serie A sport of this season and scored the sport’s solely purpose in a 1-0 win over Parma final weekend.
The veteran duo’s presence within the Juve lineup meant there was surprisingly no room for Matthijs de Ligt, who joined from Ajax within the low season in a €75 million (£68m/$84m) switch.
De Ligt admitted he was shocked to not begin the opener, but in addition mentioned he understood it would not be simple to stroll right into a defence as robust a Juve’s.
“In fact, I might have most well-liked to play,” De Ligt mentioned after the sport.
“I couldn’t learn this based mostly on the coaching periods, in that sense I didn’t see this coming, however clearly I respect the choice of the coach.
“I’m additionally practical, I’m nonetheless getting used to being right here in Italy. The duo that performed right this moment, Chiellini and Bonucci, had been seen as the most effective defensive pairing on this planet.”
However the 20-year-old doubtless will not spend many extra video games on the bench after Chiellini’s damage, with the previous Ajax captain now set to play a serious position for his new membership.
One other low season signing, Merih Demiral, is probably going additionally in line for an even bigger position this season, with the 21-year-old Turkey worldwide becoming a member of from Sassuolo in the summertime.
Juventus will tackle Napoli on Saturday in a match-up of the winner and runner-up from Serie A prior to now two seasons.