Maurizio Sarri to miss Juventus’ first two matches as he recovers from pneumonia

Maurizio Sarri will miss Juventus’ first two Serie A matches as he recovers from pneumonia.

The former Chelsea manager underwent further tests on Thursday which showed his condition had improved over the last couple of days.

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Sarri will miss the first two Juve matches of the season
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However, although the 60-year-old subsequently visited the training ground to speak to his staff he will not be on the bench when Juve kick-off the defence of their league title.

“To completely recover from the pneumonia that hit him over the course of the past few days, the coach will not sit on the bench for the first two Serie A matches against Parma and Napoli,” said a statement from the club.

“The decision was taken to allow the coach, who even today went to the JTC (Juventus Training Centre) to co-ordinate work with his staff, to resume regular activity as soon as possible.”

Sarri guided Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League last season and also won his first trophy in management after leading the Blues to victory over Arsenal in the Europa League final.

The Italian will miss out on facing Napoli, who he managed for three seasons between 2015-2018, in Juventus’ second league game of the season.

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