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Sarri to miss Juventus Serie A opener

Friday August 23 2019

Juventus' head coach Maurizio Sarri reacts during the International Champions Cup match against Atletico Madrid  in Solna outside Stockholm, Sweden on August 10, 2019. PHOTO | JONANTHAN NACKSTRAND |

Juventus' head coach Maurizio Sarri reacts during the International Champions Cup match against Atletico Madrid in Solna outside Stockholm, Sweden on August 10, 2019. PHOTO | JONANTHAN NACKSTRAND |  AFP

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Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri will miss the Serie A champions' first two games of the new season against Parma and Napoli as he recovers from pneumonia, the Italian club confirmed on Thursday.

"Maurizio Sarri underwent further medical tests today, which showed a good clinical improvement," they said in a 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 will allow him an optimal recovery."

Sarri, 60, was present at Juventus' training ground on Thursday to coordinate work with his training staff.

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Eight-time reigning champions Juventus open their campaign against Parma at the Stadio Ennio Tardini on Saturday and play last year's Serie A runners-up Napoli in Turin on August 31.

Sarri coached Napoli for three seasons before moving to Chelsea in 2018 where he won the Europa League.

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