August 19, 2019 / 7:29 PM / a month ago

Juventus coach Sarri has pneumonia, club says

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - International Champions Cup - Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur - Singapore National Stadium, Singapore - July 21, 2019 Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri during the post match press conference REUTERS/Feline Lim

(Reuters) - Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri is suffering from pneumonia, the Italian champions said on Monday five days before their opening Serie A match of the season.

Sarri, a chain-smoking 60-year-old who was appointed in June to replace Massimiliano Allegri, went down with flu last week, Juve said, and missed the friendly against third-tier Triestina on Saturday.

Juventus said that Sarri, who left Chelsea after one season to return to Serie A, had been present at the club’s training centre on Monday “where he coordinated the work of his staff” but did not conduct training on the pitch.

“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.”

Juventus did not say whether Sarri would be able to take charge of the team at Parma on Saturday.

The Turin side have won the last eight Serie A titles, including three under Antonio Conte and five under Allegri. Sarri was previously coach of Napoli, who finished runners-up twice and third once in his three seasons in charge.

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris

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