Italian giants, Juventus, will begin the 2019-20 league season with a visit to Parma on Saturday, August 24. They will also welcome Napoli at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on August 31 and the Juventus coach, Maurizio Sarri, will be absent from both matches due to health issues.
Maurizio Sarri would not be on the touchline, as he is currently recovering from pneumonia. This means Juventus will face Sarri's former employers, Napoli, without a manager.
Juventus has assured the media that the latest medical tests carried out on the coach, Maurizio Sarri, shows improvement in his health condition. They also confirmed that he will be absent from the bench in those games so he will have sufficient time to recover.
"Maurizio Sarri underwent further medical tests today, which showed a good clinical improvement," a statement read.
"To completely recover from pneumonia that hit him over the course of the past few days, the coach will not sit on the bench for the first two Serie A matches against Parma and Napoli."
The 60-year-old former Chelsea coach, who joined Juventus from England on July, was diagnosed with pneumonia, which resulted in him missing his side's friendly win over Triestina on Saturday, and he has since been unable to train with the team despite returning to the club's training ground on Monday.