Juventus boss Sarri to miss first two Serie A games

Juventus boss Sarri to miss first two Serie A games

Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri will miss the first two Serie A matches due to illness.

Sarri was diagnosed of pneumonia during the week and a further test on Thursday showed his condition had improved but will need some time out.

The 60-year-old will not be on the bench when the current Serie A champions begin the defence of their league title against Parma on August 24.

He wil also miss the game against Napoli.

A statement from the club read: "Maurizio Sarri underwent further medical tests today, which showed a good clinical course.

"To get a complete recovery from the pneumonia that hit him in the past few days, the coach will not sit on the bench during the first two Serie A games with Parma and Napoli.

"The decision was taken to allow the technician, who even today went to the JTC (Juventus Training Centre) to coordinate the work of his staff, to resume the regular activity as soon as possible."

Sarri joined Juventus in the summer after helping Chelsea win the Europa Cup.