Maurizio Sarri will miss Juventus’ first two Serie A matches as he recovers from pneumonia.
The 60-year-old former Chelsea manager underwent further tests on Thursday which showed his condition had improved over the last couple of days.
However, although Sarri 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.”
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The Italian, who left Stamford Bridge for Turin in June, underwent tests after being forced to sit out a training session on Monday due to persistent flu symptoms.
Sarri was not in attendance for Juve’s final pre-season friendly at Triestina on Saturday.
“Maurizio Sarri, after having observed rest over the weekend, was at the JTC Continassa today where he coordinated the work of his staff,” read a statement issued by the club, who begin their Serie A campaign at Parma this weekend.
“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.”
Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri said Wojciech Szczesny remained Juventus’ first-choice goalkeeper – despite Gianluigi Buffon saving three penalties to help the Serie A champions to a 4-3 shoot-out win against Inter Milan after the match finished 1-1 in normal time.
Buffon, 41, re-joined the Old Lady this summer after a solitary season at PSG. He’d previously experienced a trophy laden 17-year stint in Turin.
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