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The Brazilian defender was originally thought to be out for several months, but is now set for a six-week spell on the sidelines instead

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Juventus have received some welcome news, with reports in Italy claiming that Lucio is set to return from injury quicker than expected.

The centre-back damaged his ankle during training on Friday, and it was initially feared that the experienced stopper would be out of action for three to four months, with the official Juve website explaining that he had torn a ligament.

However, Sky Sport Italia now reports that he could be available again in six weeks' time.

The Old Lady beat Parma 2-0 at home on Saturday, keeping a clean sheet despite the absence of the experience Brazilian.