(CNN) — Newly appointed Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri was diagnosed with disabilities and is most very likely to miss the Serie A winners opening match of this year.
Juventus confirmed that his illness was serious although the 60-year-old Italian suffered from the flu .
Sarri was at Juventus training center on Monday however, his condition meant hed no part in the days operations.
Unfortunately he could not run the practice on the field on account of the influenza that struck him over the span of a week, a club statement said on Monday. In the late afternoonhe underwent additional tests that confirmed hes pneumonia, for which specific therapy has been prescribed.
Sarri reportedly received treatment before the conventional preseason tune-up against the youth team of the club Wednesday. His condition didnt improve and that he was not able to attend the friendly win over Serie C costume Triestina on Saturday.
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Sarri confessed to smoking 60 cigarettes per day. I dont especially feel the need to smoke through games, he told Football Italia. But directly afterwards it is in fact necessary.
Juventus, chasing a consecutive league title that is domestic, kicks off its campaign at Parma on Saturday but might be without its manager who replaced fellow Italian Max Allegri within the summer.
Sarri returned after one year in England to Italy where Chelsea was steered by him and lifted the Europa League.
Regardless of the impressive debut year in England, Sarri was enticed back into his homeland in which he managed in 2018 having accepted his native Napoli into next at the league. He was replaced in Stamford Bridge by former Blues midfielder Frank Lampard.
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