Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has been diagnosed with a muscle tear in his left knee after lasting just 11 minutes of Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Serie A title rivals Napoli.
The Italy international had to be replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner early on in a match that was settled by a 90th-minute Kalidou Koulibaly goal in Turin.
Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri was unable to provide a clear update on Chiellini's condition in the immediate aftermath, but said that he "almost certainly" would not be available for the weekend's game against Inter.
And tests on Monday confirmed that the Italy international had suffered a tear to the biceps femoris of his left leg.
The club have indicated that the 33-year-old has already begun receiving treatment for the issue, but it is likely to bring an end to his involvement in the team's final push for the title.
Juve's defeat to Napoli leaves them just a point clear of the Maurizio Sarri's men with four matches left to play, meaning Chiellini's injury will come as a significant blow to their hopes of holding on for a seventh consecutive Scudetto.
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