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The Italy international is nursing a muscular problem and could miss his first game since joining the club as they prepare for the crunch game at the Olimpico this weekend

Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo's presence is in doubt ahead of Saturday's trip to Lazio, Sky Sport Italia reports.

The 32-year-old midfielder abandoned Thursday's practice session after complaining of a muscle problem.

It is believed that Pirlo will undergo a series of tests before the end of the day to determine the extent of the injury and learn whether he will be available for the upcoming match at the Stadio Olimpico.

Pirlo's absence would come as a heavy blow to boss Antonio Conte, who has used the ex-AC Milan player in every match this season so far.

Juventus and Lazio are sharing the top of the Serie A standings, on 22 points, although the Turin-based side have one game in hand.

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