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Maurizio Sarri sidelined with pneumonia, receiving ‘specific therapy’

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Get well soon, Maurizio!

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The previous Chelsea head coach, Maurizio Sarri, has come down with a case of pneumonia after an initial bout with the flu failed to subside. Juventus have confirmed that the 60-year-old coach will be undergoing a special therapy as part of the recovery procedure.

Maurizio Sarri, after having observed rest over the weekend, was at the JTC Continassa today where he coordinated the work of his staff. Unfortunately, he could not conduct the training on the field due to the persistence of his flu, which struck him over the course of last week.

In the late afternoon, he underwent further tests that confirmed he has pneumonia, for which specific therapy has been prescribed. The coach has authorized the club to communicate his state of health.

-source: Juventus

Pneumonia is a fairly common though potentially dangerous disease, especially in the elderly and the very young, where the alveoli in the lungs become inflamed, and is only exacerbated by stress and habits such as chain smoking. Shortness of breath, coughing, pain are common symptoms, but severity can range from mild to life-threatening.

Juventus face Parma in their season opener on Saturday, which might be too soon for Sarri to resume his place on the touchline.

We join many others in wishing Maurizio a quick and full recovery.

P.S.: Maybe a good time to quit smoking?