Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 30
Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC passed along the news:
Pirlo not in Juventus squad for Atletico tomorrow. Caceres is... [via @AranchaMOBILE ]— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) September 30, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Sept. 28
Juventus confirmed Andrea Pirlo was fit to play today:
Updates from Monday, Sept. 15
Juventus provides a statement from Massimiliano Allegri discussing Andrea Pirlo's injury status:
Midfielder Andrea Pirlo has been the driving force behind Juventus' success in recent years, but the Bianconeri will have to begin the Serie A season without the Italian star.
According to Tancredi Palmeri of beIN Sports, the 35-year-old veteran is expected to be out for a month:
Pirlo out at least for 1 month— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 28, 2014
Per Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sport Italia (via ESPN.com's Julian de Martinis), Pirlo's hip is currently ailing him:
.@DiMarzio reporting that Pirlo will be out for 30 days with a hip injury.— Julian of Martinis (@JulianDM11) August 28, 2014
The injury couldn't have come at a much worse time from Juventus' perspective. After all, their season-opening match against Chievo is on Saturday.
Massimiliano Allegri's side are the three-time defending Serie A champions and are favored to take the crown once again this season. Losing Pirlo for a month won't necessarily sink them, but it will make navigating the early part of the campaign far more difficult.
Pirlo scored four times and dished out six assists in 29 Serie A starts for Juventus last season. However, even when he isn't scoring or setting up his teammates, Pirlo keeps opposing defenders honest due to his incredible versatility.
He is particularly skilled on set pieces, so having to play without Pirlo for a month will certainly hurt Juventus in that area.
How much will Pirlo's absence hurt Juventus?
The former Milan midfielder netted a pair of goals in Juventus' final tuneup game prior to the season over the Singapore Select Squad. After that match, Allegri seemed excited about what the season had in store for Pirlo when speaking to the media, via Channel NewsAsia.
"He played well and I see him as a key player for next season," Allegri said. "He performed well and so did the rest of the team. We have to keep following this direction. This is the last match before the start of the season, so let's see what happens when we get back to Italy."
Pirlo seems ageless. He continues to play at a high level despite being 35 years old. However, some may start to question how many years he has remaining in his career. He could very well bounce back quickly from this injury, but it certainly gets tougher for players the older they get.
There will be some pressure on Pirlo to recover quickly if Juventus are unable to get off to a strong start, but both he and the club must be cautious with this hip injury or else risk making this an even longer-term absence.
Follow @MikeChiari on Twitter