Injury denies defender from reunion with Luis Suarez after World Cup biting incident
Juventus have received a big blow ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Barcelona after confirming that Giorgio Chiellini will miss the game due to injury. The influential defender pulled up in training on Wednesday with a calf problem and underwent a scan on Thursday. The results have revealed that Chiellini will not recover in time to play in Berlin.
“Giorgio Chiellini was subjected to tests following calf discomfort in yesterday’s session,” the club announced in a statement. “The tests showed a first-degree lesion of the soleus muscle in his left leg, so the defender will not be available for the match against Barcelona.”
The loss of Chiellini is a big setback for Juve, who are already without Martin Caceres and are struggling to get Andrea Barzagli fit for the showpiece. Barzagli returned to training on Wednesday but is not 100 per cent fit and the Turin side will decide whether to play the 34-year-old in Chiellini’s place, or instead opt for Angelo Ogbonna.