Juventus have confirmed Maurizio Sarri will not be on the bench against Parma or Napoli to allow “optimal recovery” from pneumonia.
A statement released this evening unusually states that he will be absent from the stadium in both opening Serie A games.
That includes the showdown with his former club, Napoli, which was expected to be a tense and emotional occasion in Turin on August 31.
The Serie A season begins this Saturday at Parma’s Stadio Tardini.
“Maurizio Sarri underwent further medical tests today, which showed a good clinical improvement,” read the statement.
“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.
“The decision was taken to allow the technician, who even today went to the JTC to coordinate work with his staff, to resume regular activity as soon as possible.”
Sarri is at the Continassa training ground, but sitting in a separate room from the pitch, watching the sessions on a video link while his assistants work with the players.