Juventus midfielder Manuel Locatelli faces up to a month out of action after the midfielder sustained a knee injury in the 1-0 loss against Inter on Sunday.
The Italy international, who tested positive for COVID-19 in March, started in the Derby d’Italia but suffered a knock in the first half and was replaced by Denis Zakaria after just 34 minutes.
Bianconeri head coach Massimiliano Allegri appeared unworried by the damage to the 24-year-old after the match, but Juve provided another update on Monday.
Scans have confirmed a problem in the ligament of Locatelli’s right knee that is estimated to keep him out for a month, which means he will likely miss Serie A clashes with Cagliari, Bologna, Sassuolo and Venezia.
Locatelli will also be absent for the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final on April 20 against Fiorentina, who lost the first meeting 1-0, as Juve look to defend their title.
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He has played an integral role this season for Allegri’s side, who sit fourth in Serie A after their 16-game league unbeaten run ended against Inter.
Indeed, only Alvaro Morata (30) has featured in more top-flight games than Locatelli for Juve this campaign (29), while Juan Cuadrado (1,283) and Matthijs de Ligt (1,317) are the only players to complete more passes than him (1,141).
Locatelli has won 15 of the Serie A games he has appeared in this term, with De Ligt, Morata, Cuadrado and Moise Kean (all 16) the only players to boast better returns.
Juve will be hoping that Zakaria, Adrien Rabiot and Arthur can step up in Locatelli’s absence when they visit Cagliari on Saturday.
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