Giorgio Chiellini to miss Champions League Final

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Serie A champions Juventus have been dealt a massive blow ahead of Saturday's Champions League Final against FC Barcelona with the news that Giorgio Chiellini will not be fit in time, reports Sky Sports.

The Italian centre-back has picked up a calf muscle injury and won't be able to recover in time, meaning he will miss the final in Berlin.

Chiellini has been a rock at the back for The Old Lady this season, and has been one of the main reasons behind their Serie A and Coppa Italia success, and the news will be a massive blow to the Italian giants ahead of the final.

The centre-back was expected to be busy on Saturday night trying to prevent the attacking trio of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi, but it will now be down to another centre-back to keep them at bay.

Road to Berlin

Juve beat Borussia Dortmund, AS Monaco and Real Madrid in getting to the Champions League final, their first in over a decade, but they will now have to try and win it without their star-defender.

It would have been Chiellini's first ever Champions League final and it would have also seen him go up against Suarez for the first-time since the controversy in the World Cup.

Suarez-Chiellini Controversy

During the Italy-Uruguay match in Brazil, Suarez bit Chiellini on the shoulder, leading him to his suspension and eventually his move away from England.

Despite all the bad press surrounding it, Chiellini forgave Suarez and admitted that he would shake his hand before kick-off on Saturday. However, he will no longer have the opportunity after the latest blow.

Juve have been quick to release a statement about the injury and stated the following on their official website.

Juventus Statement

"Giorgio Chiellini underwent tests after reporting discomfort in his calf on Wednesday. The scan revealed a first grade tear of the soleus muscle in his left leg, meaning the defender will miss Saturday’s final with Barcelona."

Juve Outsiders

Juve are considered severe underdogs going into Saturday night's final, with SkyBet having them at 12/5 to win, whilst Barca are at 1/3.

The Old Lady's task just got a lot harder as well with the loss of their commanding centre-back.

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