Friday, 30 August 2019

Giorgio Chiellini: Juventus captain needs surgery after ACL injury

Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini

Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini will need surgery after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in training.

The Italian champions have not given any timeframe on a possible return for the 35-year-old Italy centre-back, who has played 507 times for the club.

Cheillini had been named in the Italy squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Armenia and Finland hours earlier.

A Juve statement confirmed he sprained his right knee on Friday and would have surgery in the coming days.

Juventus signed centre-backs Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax and Merih Demiral from Sassuolo this summer after the retirement of Andrea Barzagli.

Maurizio Sarri's side host Napoli on Saturday at 19:45 BST as they look to make it two wins from two in Serie A.

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