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Juventus boss Sarri may miss first game with pneumonia

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Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has been diagnosed with pneumonia. It is unknown as yet if he will be at the season opener.

According to Sky Sports, the Juventus boss is being treated for pneumonia.

It was considered a little bit strange so close to the start of the season for the manager to miss training on Monday morning.

He did not attend the first team training session that morning but apparently did report to the Juventus training facility later in the day.

Initially, there was no official take on the situation from the club. It was apparently business as usual.

Sarri is believed to have thought he had a bout of the flu. But after medical evaluation, he was later diagnosed with pneumonia.

He is thought to have relayed his training instructions to his staff, who conducted the session according to his plans.

He later arrived to take care of business off the practice field. Including a debrief and further instructions to his coaching staff.

A statement from Juventus read:

“Maurizio Sarri, after having observed rest over the weekend, was at the JTC Continassa [Juventus Training Centre] today where he co-ordinated the work of his staff.”

“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.”

There have been well-wishes posted via social media, by his former employers Chelsea, as well as the Juventus faithful.

Juventus play Parma in the season opener this Saturday. It is yet to be confirmed if Maurizio Sarri will take his seat on the bench for the game or not.