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Juventus suffer Arthur injury setback for new season

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After struggling for much of last season with a knee problem, Arthur will undergo an operation that leaves him sidelined for pre-season.

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Juventus and Arthur Melo have reportedly opted for surgery to resolve a long-term knee injury.

The 24-year-old first suffered a knee problem back in a Serie A match against Atalanta on December 16. He postponed surgery on the injury to stay available for the club last season and later Brazil’s Copa America campaign.

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But Arthur, who didn’t make the Brazil squad for this summer’s Copa America, will now take the operation. According to Goal, the Brazilian will spend the next two months sidelined. It will rule him out of Juventus’ opening league games for 2021/22, although he could be back for the Champions League in mid-September.

Arthur’s injury is said to involve the soft tissue between the fibula and tibia in his right leg.

Reports in Italy claim he wasn’t present at training on both Thursday morning or the afternoon after pre-season medical tests delivered some unwelcome news.

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Juventus, who have welcomed Massimiliano Allegri back as manager, begin their Serie A campaign away to Udinese on August 22.