Serie A champions Juventus have this evening confirmed that manager Maurizio Sarri has been diagnosed with pneumonia.
On the back of a somewhat perplexing stint in the Premier League with Chelsea last season, Italian tactician Sarri made a return to his home country back in June.
The 60-year-old was the man chosen to replace Max Allegri at Juventus, despite his strong Napoli ties.
Sarri’s philosophy had since been increasingly-evident in the Bianconeri’s latest pre-season outings, with Juve’s stars having been seen to be making a conscious effort to focus less on the tactical side of the game, and more on moving the ball fluently and with incisiveness.
Sarri taken ill
The Old Lady’s preparations came in anticipation of their Serie A opener this weekend, with the Italian champions set to get the defence of their title underway with a trip to Parma on Saturday evening.
Juve’s new era, however, looks set to get started without their new boss overseeing proceedings.
As confirmed in an official statement a short time ago, Sarri has been diagnosed with pneumonia:
‘Maurizio Sarri, after the rest observed over the weekend, came to the JTC where he coordinated the work of his staff. Unfortunately he could not direct the training in the field due to the persistence of the flu syndrome, which struck him during the past week. In the late afternoon he underwent further tests that confirmed a pneumonia for which specific therapy was prescribed. The coach has authorized the club to communicate his state of health.’
Maurizio Sarri was at the JTC today, but was not on the field.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 19, 2019
Further updates on the situation are likely to be forthcoming over the course of the week.