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Juventus' Andrea Pirlo celebrates after scoring during an Europa League, round of 16, return-leg soccer match between Fiorentina and Juventus at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Thursday, March 20, 2014. (Daniele Badolato/AP)
Juventus' Andrea Pirlo celebrates after scoring during an Europa League, round of 16, return-leg soccer match between Fiorentina and Juventus at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Thursday, March 20, 2014. (Daniele Badolato/AP)

Andrea Pirlo will miss first month of the Serie A season Add to ...

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo will miss the first month of the Serie A season because of a bruised right hip.

Pirlo was injured in a preseason match and Juventus says a medical exam revealed a pulled tendon that requires 30 days to heal.

Three-time defending champion Juventus opens the Italian league against Chievo Verona on Saturday.

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While it remains unclear if the 35-year-old Pirlo plans to continue playing for Italy’s national team, the injury prevents him from playing in a friendly against the Netherlands on Sept. 4 and a European Championship qualifier at Norway five days later.

Pirlo will also miss Juventus’ Champions League opener.

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