Italy and Juventus star Pirlo out until new year

Juventus and Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo is expected to be

sidelined until the new year with damaged knee ligaments.

Pirlo limped out of Sunday’s 1-0 win over Udinese after just 13


Juventus says Pirlo underwent tests on Monday which revealed he

has ”a second-degree lesion to the collateral medial ligament in

his right knee.”

The club has not revealed how long Pirlo will be out for, but an

injury of this type normally takes at least a month to recover


Juventus plays Bologna, Sassuolo and Atalanta in the Italian

league before the winter break and also has a crucial final

Champions League group match at Galatasaray.

Pirlo has been instrumental in Juventus winning the past two

Serie A titles.