Maurizio Sarri could be missing from the dugout when Juventus take on Parma in their Serie A opener on Saturday after he was diagnosed with pneumonia.
The Italian who was appointed as the Old Lady’s boss after leaving Chelsea this summer missed Juventus friendly last weekend due to flu.
Although he reported to training on Monday, he could not take chare of training due to his illness. As a result, a test was carried out on him at the club’s complex, and it revealed he has pneumonia.
Juventus released a statement on Monday saying:
Maurizio Sarri, after having observed rest over the weekend, was at the JTC Continassa (Juve’s training facility) today where he coordinated the work of his staff.
“Unfortunately, he could not conduct the training on the field due to the persistence of his flu, which struck him over the course of last week.
“In the late afternoon, he underwent further tests that confirmed he has pneumonia, for which specific therapy has been prescribed. “The coach has authorised the club to communicate his state of health.”
The club, however, did not reveal if he would have healed before Juventus opener against Parma. The Old Lady kick off their title defence against the Crusaders in the first clash of the 2019/2020 Serie A season.