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Sarri To Miss Both Parma And Napoli clashes

Maurizio Sarri is the new Juventus coach

Juventus have confirmed Maurizio Sarri will not be on the bench against Parma or Napoli to allow “optimal recovery” from pneumonia.

The 60-year-old former Chelsea manager underwent further tests on Thursday which showed his condition had improved over the last couple of days.

However, although Sarri subsequently visited the training ground to speak to his staff he will not be on the bench when Juve kick-off the defence of their league title.

‘Maurizio Sarri underwent further medical tests today, which showed a good clinical improvement,’ read the 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,’ said a statement from the club.

‘The decision was taken to allow the coach, who even today went to the JTC (Juventus Training Centre) to co-ordinate work with his staff, to resume regular activity as soon as possible.’

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Sarri is at the Continassa training ground, but sitting in a separate room from the pitch, watching the sessions on a video link while his assistants work with the players.

The Serie A season begins this Saturday at Parma’s Stadio Tardini.