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Hip injury strikes down Pirlo

2014-08-28 19:30
Andrea Pirlo (AFP)

Turin - Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo has been ruled out for the first month of the season with a hip injury, the Serie A champions said on Thursday.

Juventus said in a statement that an MRI had revealed a sprain and that "30 days will be necessary for a complete recovery".

The announcement is an early blow for new coach Massimiliano Allegri, who took over in July after Antonio Conte resigned.

Conte had led Juventus to three successive Serie A titles in as many seasons with Pirlo as the team's main inspiration.

Juventus are away to Chievo in Serie A's opening match on Saturday (1600 GMT).

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