Juventus and Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out for up to six weeks using an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury)
Chiellini has undergone surgery in Austria and may not be back till March.
“This day (Tuesday), Giorgio Chiellini underwent surgery to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee,” the club confirmed on their official website.
“The intervention, performed in the Hochrum practice at Innsbruck by Professor Christian Fink at the presence of their Juventus Club Doctor, Dr. Tzouroudis, was perfectly Profitable.
“The anticipated recovery period is around half a year.”
As they look to maintain their ninth successive Italian name juve have won their opening two games of the Serie A season but they must now do without one of their key performers.
They need to navigate a Champions League Group D which comprises Lokomotiv Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and Atletico Madrid.
Chiellini would be on target if Juventus make it that far, to go back for those quarter-finals of the competition.