Juventus released a statement confirming Coach Maurizio Sarri has been diagnosed with pneumonia after struggling with flu.
The tactician was taken ill last week and required medical treatment on several occasions, including just before their traditional pre-season in-house friendly with the youth team in Villar Perosa.
He then didn’t make the trip to Triestina for a 1-0 friendly match on Saturday evening.
“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.
“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 authorized the club to communicate his state of health.”
It now remains to be seen if Sarri will be fit enough to be on the bench for this weekend’s opening Serie A game against Parma.
The former Napoli and Chelsea tactician is a notorious chain-smoker who recently confessed to puffing his way through 60 cigarettes a day and it’s likely this further exacerbated the effects of the flu symptoms.
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