Football NewsJuve midfielder Arthur Melo to miss two months due to surgery
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Midfielder Juve Arthur Melo will miss the start of the new Serie A season after being scheduled for surgery for a long-term knee injury.


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The Brazilian will be forced to sit on the sidelines for the next two months, excluding him from the internal Bianconeri squad – but could return in time for his Champions League commitments. The news will be a blow to the Allegri side as the coach returns to Turin after a three-year absence in an effort to rebuild the dying fortunes of the Allianz Stadium.

The 24-year-old suffered a knee injury in late 2020 after suffering a knock in a collision with Atalanta on December 16. Overseen by Pirlo and with Juventus struggling to keep pace with the Serie A summit, Arthur Melo chose to postpone any potential surgery to both support the pursuit of the top four clubs and keep himself in the fight for this year’s America’s Cup.

The midfielder’s decision ultimately yielded mixed results; The Bianconeri were able to rattle to the finish in fourth place on the final day of the season, but Arthur was dropped to qualify for Selecao, who went to finish as Argentina’s runners-up in a rearranged tournament.

With the player, due to the passage of the operation, the hopes are inevitably high that he will only have a two-month dropout from the actions for Juve. This will set him back into strife sometime in mid-September, with a new Serie A campaign of about three to four weeks going by then. Although a blow to Massimiliano Allegri’s first domestic commitments, Arthur Melo could return in time for the first round of the Champions League, due in September 14-15.


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Arthur Melo’s absence will leave a hole in the midfield during the early weeks Juve kicks off the Udinese campaign. The Bianconeri has yet to make any big moves on incoming faces at the Allianz Stadium during the transfer window, while the Buffon goalkeeper has moved on to join Parma, ending the last chapter in his long association with the club. Captain Giorgio Chiellini has yet to agree to the new terms after his triumph with Italy at Euro 2020, although it is thought to be just a formality for the club and the 36-year-old.