Juventus have confirmed the condition of their head coach and he is unlikely to be in the dugout this weekend.
Maurizio Sarri is suffering from pneumonia, the Italian champions said on Monday five days before their opening Serie A match.
The 60-year-old Italian was unable to take training due to suffering from the flu last week, but Juventus confirmed that his condition was more serious. The club said he underwent further tests which confirmed he has pneumonia, for which specific therapy was prescribed.
“Maurizio Sarri, after having observed rest over the weekend, was at the JTC Continassa today where he coordinated the work of his staff.
“Unfortunately, he could not conduct the training on the field due to the persistence of his flu, which struck him over the course of last week. In the late afternoon, he underwent further tests that confirmed he has pneumonia, for which specific therapy has been prescribed,” Juve said in a statement.
“The coach has authorised the club to communicate his state of health.”
In June, Sarri confessed to smoking 60 cigarettes a day. “I don’t particularly feel the need to smoke during games,” he said in an interview. “But straight afterwards it really is necessary.”
The 60-year-old boss, who is a widely known chain-smoker, returns to Italy after one turbulent season in the Premier League with Chelsea, having previously coached his hometown team Napoli for three seasons. Juventus begin their Serie A campaign this weekend under their new coach as the multiple Italian champions gamble on the veteran delivering another style of Serie A title.
The Turin giants start their quest for a ninth consecutive title in Parma on Saturday. but it is very likely they will be without Sarri on the bench.