Juventus will be without Arturo Vidal for at least two weeks following his release from international duty last night, with the midfield maestro suffering a thigh strain while training with Chile ahead of their friendly against England at Wembley on Friday.

Vidal picked up the problem after reporting for training with the South American side in London yesterday, with a medical examination resulting in his swift release from international duty, according to Football Italia.

The long-term Manchester United and Real Madrid transfer target now faces a race against time to be fit for a return to Serie A action for Juventus against Livorno on November 24, after Chile's doctors gave him an initial diagnosis of 14 days' rest.

Antonio Conte's box-to-box linchpin has enjoyed a fine start to the campaign, scoring seven times from midfield in 16 appearances. Two of those goals have come in the Champions League, including the opener against Real Madrid in Turin last week, alerting the Spanish giants to his prowess from the penalty spot.

Madrid has consistently been mentioned as a potential destination for the 26-year-old, but would command a transfer fee of at least £25m after becoming an integral part of the Old Lady's domination in Serie A over the last two seasons.

United are also rumoured to be monitoring Vidal's availability as they look for creative impetus from midfield, after missing out on a string of playmaker's during the last transfer window.

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