Juve’s Chiellini blow

Chiellini battling with Real Madrid ace Ronaldo
Chiellini battling with Real Madrid ace Ronaldo
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Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out of this evening’s Champions League final against Barcelona with a calf problem.

The Italy international suffered injury in Wednesday’s training session and underwent tests on Thursday.

A club spokesman said: “Chiellini has undergone tests which have revealed a first degree lesion in his soleus muscle of his left leg. The defender will not be available for the match against Barcelona.”

The veteran centre-back was set for a dramatic showdown with Luis Suarez following the biting incident at last summer’s World Cup, but instead he leaves a big hole to fill in Juve’s defence.

Angelo Ogbonna seems the likely candidate to replace Chiellini, despite Andrea Barzagli returning to training after a thigh injury.

Two-time European champions Juventus have not reached the Champions League final since 2003, when they finished runners-up to AC Milan.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri, in his first season at the helm, has led the club to a Coppa Italy triumph over Lazio and the league title. But the club has not won Europe’s premier competition since 1996.

“We’ve had a truly extraordinary season,” he said.