Juventus boss Sarri could return for Napoli match

Napoli's visit to Turin could herald the return of Maurizio Sarri to the Juventus bench, according to assistant Giovanni Martusciello.

Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri skipped last weekend's season-opening win at Parma after being diagnosed with pneumonia earlier this month.   -  Getty Images

Maurizio Sarri could return to the dugout ahead of schedule when Juventus hosts his former employer Napoli on Saturday.

The ex-Chelsea boss skipped last weekend's season-opening win at Parma after being diagnosed with pneumonia earlier this month.

Juve gave Sarri until after the international break to recuperate but his assistant, Giovanni Martusciello, claimed the 60-year-old is keen to get back to work before his squad disassembles.

"He is good. Sarri has always been present at the club even without directing training," Martusciello said.

"We have the final training session in the afternoon and then we will see if he is able to make it tomorrow.

"I would like him to be on the bench because he is the Juventus coach and it is right that he participates in this occasion.

"If he does not make it we will certainly find a solution accordingly."

Sarri coached Napoli for three seasons, guiding the club to two second-place finishes behind the Bianconeri.

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