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 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus striker Alvaro Morata out for a month with calf injury

Juventus' injury problems have deepened with Alvaro Morata ruled out for a month with a calf tear he picked up in training.

Morata, 22, will miss Saturday's Supercoppa against Lazio in Shanghai and at least the first two games of Juve's season, including their trip to Roma on Aug. 30.

Juve confirmed Morata's injury with a statement on their official website on Wednesday, which read: "Alvaro Morata will be sidelined for up to 30 days after suffering a torn soleus muscle in his left calf during yesterday evening's training session.

"Having departed the workout early, the striker underwent tests today in Shanghai to reveal the full extent of the damage."

The former Real Madrid forward joins Sami Khedira and Giorgio Chiellini in the treatment room, while Andrea Barzagli is still a doubt to face the Biancocelesti this weekend.

Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri had been planning on partnering the Spaniard with Mario Mandzukic in his first-choice attack this season.

Allegri has Paulo Dybala, Fernando Llorente, Simone Zaza and Alberto Cerri as alternatives to Morata.

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