Juventus dealt Chiellini blow ahead of crunch matches

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Turin, Feb 10 (IANS) Juventus’ key defender Giorgio Chiellini may be out for 20 days due to a right leg injury, dealing a major blow to the Italian football champions ahead of crucial matches which could determine their season.

Juventus host Serie A leaders Napoli on Saturday and German champions Bayern Munch in a Champions League quarter-final first leg match on February 24.

The Juventus squad trained on Tuesday except Chiellini, who “underwent a series of tests after departing the action towards the end of last weekend’s clash against Frosinone at the Stadio Matusa”.

“These revealed a torn soleus muscle in his right leg, an injury that is expected to keep him out for up to 20 days,” Juventus declared on their official website on Tuesday.

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Massimilano Allegri’s men are trailing Napoli by two points as they chase their 15th straight win in Serie A. Saturday’s match against the Maurisio Sarri-coached Napoli at the Juventus Stadium is expected to have a crucial impact on the title race.

Juventus host German giants Bayern in the first leg of Champions League quarter-finals and Chiellini’s absence can be a big worry for Allegri.

Juventus are already depleted with premier striker Mario Manduzic battling fitness issues.

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