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Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo out 30 days with bruised hip

Well, this isn't a nice way to start the day.

Mark Metcalfe

So much for that day-to-day stuff we heard at the beginning of the week. It's not even close to wondering if the best beard in football will be able to win the fitness battle to be available for selection come this weekend's season opener.

Juventus are about to be without Andrea Pirlo for a good amount of time. Thirty days, to be precise, after he underwent an MRI on his injured leg that revealed a bruised hip. Not a knee like some though, not a thigh like others thought. The complete details, courtesy of Juventus' official website:

Missing out on today's session was Andrea Pirlo, who underwent an MRI scan to assess the full extent of the damage sustained after picking up a bruised hip during Saturday's Trofeo TIM tournament in Reggio Emilia. The scan revealed a pulled tendon in his rectus femoris muscle, an injury which is expected to keep him sidelined for 30 days. The midfielder will continue his rehabilitation programme and undergo further tests in 15 days' time.

Thanks a lot, Jeremy Menez.

Now we wait and see if this has any kind of changes when it comes to Max Allegri's formation for Juventus' season opener this Saturday against Chievo. And, of course, who actually fills the role of Juve's regista — whether it's Claudio Marchisio or somebody else (Simone Padoin???) entirely.

Luckily for us, after Juventus' season opener there's a nice little international break for EURO 2016 qualifying matches, so he won't be missing as many games if this injury happened, say, in the meat of the schedule in October or November. But Pirlo will be out for Juve's Champions League group stage opener, so there's that, which suchs.