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Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli out for 2 months

Juventus defender has dislocated his shoulder

by IANS
Out injured

Rome, Nov 8 (IANS) Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli will have to remain off the field over the next two months because of a dislocated left shoulder, the football club said in a statement.

Barzagli underwent medical tests on Monday that revealed a dislocated left shoulder, suffered on Sunday during a Serie A match against Chievo Verona, reports Efe.

As a result, the player must keep his arm immobilised for four weeks as the doctors predicted a two-month absence.

Thus, Barzagli is expected to return to the field only in January 2017 and will miss important matches, including the game against Sevilla in the Champions League on November 22.

He will also miss the Series A matches, most importantly against Roma and the Turin derby with Torino, as well as the Supercoppa Italiana game against Milan in Qatari capital Doha.

Barzagli, capped 65 times, will miss Italy's World Cup qualifiers in Liechtenstein and the friendly vs Germany on November 15.

The Juventus man will be replaced by Fiorentina defender Davide Astori in the Italy squad. 

Italy coach Giampiero Ventura, whose team are level on seven points behind group leaders Spain after three games, will also be without two other regulars from Juve Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Marchisio.

--IANS

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