Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will miss up to eight months with the injury, including the remainder of the Old Lady’s 2014-15 UEFA Champions League campaign.
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Marchisio suffered the injury this week during a training session with the Italian national team ahead of Saturday’s 2016 European Championship qualifier in Bulgaria.
Juve, who are already without Paul Pogba for up to two months, now face an uphill battle to advance past Monaco in the Champions League without three of their top central midfielders. Andrea Pirlo hasn’t featured for the Italian giant either, since Feb. 24, when he suffered a torn leg muscle against Borussia Dortmund.
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Arturo Vidal is now the only fit, full-time central midfielder who has made more than two first-team appearances for Juve this season. Juve’s 14-point lead over the rest of Serie A with 10 games to play, however, does cushion the blow a bit more domestically.
Marchisio is also set to miss the rest of Italy’s EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, which runs through October.