Lengthy lay-off for Lucio

The 34-year-old Brazilian suffered the injury during the

Bianconeri’s final practice session ahead of yesterday’s Serie A

opener against Parma, with subsequent tests confirming the

worst.

“Lucio has undergone medical tests after twisting his right

ankle in training on Friday,” read a medical update from the club

this morning, issued on www.juventus.it.

“The X-ray and MRI scans, which were conducted on Saturday

morning, have revealed a complete tear of the defender’s anterior

talofibular ligament.”

Lucio moved to the Turin club last month after his contract with

Inter Milan was cancelled by mutual consent.

Juve began the defence of their Serie A title with a 2-0 home

win over Parma yesterday.