Juventus will be without defender Martin Caceres and midfielder Federico Mattiello for the rest of the season.
Centre-back Caceres underwent “successful” ankle surgery today (Monday) after fracturing his left ankle in training on Sunday. The Serie A leaders estimate that the Uruguay international, who has made ten league appearances this season, will be out for ten weeks.
Juve said in a statement: “Martin Caceres this morning underwent a double operation after sustaining a malleolus fracture in Sunday afternoon’s training session at Juventus Center.
“The surgical procedure of osteosynthesis was applied to the fracture and the defender was also subjected to arthroscopy on his left ankle, a necessary course of treatment following the twist he suffered yesterday.
“In addition, he underwent an arthroscopic capsuloplasty procedure, designed to stabilise his right shoulder.
The Serie A champions will look to close in on a fourth consecutive Italian title. They could extend their eight-point advantage over second-placed Roma with an 11th home victory in 14 outings this season with a win over Sassuolo.
Mattiello, on loan at Chievo, suffered a fractured tibia and fibula in the side’s goalless home draw with Roma on Sunday. He faces six months on the sidelines.
A statement from Chievo said: “The two-hour surgery went well and Matiello will remain under observation in hospital.”