The management of Juventus Football Club of Italy have released a statement confirming that its new coach, Maurizio Sarri has been diagnosed with pneumonia after struggling with flu.

Sarri took ill last week and required medical treatment on several occasions, including just before their traditional pre-season in-house friendly with the youth team in Villar Perosa. He did not make the trip to Triestina for a friendly match on Saturday evening.

The statement read: “Maurizio Sarri, after having observed rest over the weekend was at the JTC Continassa today where he coordinated the work of his staff.

“Unfortunately, he could not conduct the training on the field due to the persistence of his flu which struck him over the course of last week.

“In the late afternoon, he underwent further tests that confirmed he has pneumonia, for which specific therapy has been prescribed. The Coach has authorized the club to communicate his state of health.”

It now remains to be seen if Sarri, who led Chelsea to Europa Cup triumph last season will be fit enough to be on the bench for this weekend’s opening Serie A game against Parma.