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Maurizio Sarri Returns To Take Juventus Training

Maurizio Sarri Returns To Take Juventus Training

Jayfred Ugo

Jayfred Ugo

Maurizio Sarri has returned to the training field with Juventus as he continues his slow recovery following a brief battle with pneumonia.

The 60-year-old Italian was diagnosed with pneumonia in mid-August, forcing the gaffer to stay away from Juventus’ opening two games of the Serie A season. However, the biaconeris' manager is expected to grind out a 1-0 victory at Parma and a thrilling 4-3 triumph over Sarri's former club, Napoli.

There were initial indications that Sarri could have made an early return to the sidelines for the game against Napoli, but he also sat the match out. Juventus assistant coach, Giovanni Martusciello, said a day before the match: "We have the final training session in the afternoon and then we will see if he is able to make it tomorrow."

Though Sarri was at the game in Turin, he watched on from the stands as his side earned a thrilling win, thanks to a last-minute goal from Napoli defender, Kalidou Koulibaly.

With much of his squad away on international duties, Sarri led part of Juventus' training session at Continassa on Wednesday for a minor training session as he prepared for their next match against Fiorentina on Saturday.

They will also travel to Madrid, Spain, to face Atletico Madrid at the Wanda De Metropolitano in the first match of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League (UCL) season.

Sarri faced no health issues while in Chelsea, where he won the Europa League, defeating fellow premier League colleagues, Arsenal. Sarri is known to be a chronic smoker and it might have played a part in completing his health issues.