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The midfielder, who was taken off against Olympique Lyonnais, says he is struggling to kick the ball properly after taking a knock in the recent clash with Fiorentina

Juventus enforcer Arturo Vidal has revealed he is struggling with a knee injury which is stopping him from playing to the best of his ability.

The Chile international was substituted in the second half of Thursday's 2-1 Europa League win over Lyon, with initial reports suggesting it was simply to rest the 26-year-old ahead of Monday's Serie A clash with Udinese.

However, Vidal has now explained he is being affected by persistent pain in his knee, after he took a knock in the recent meeting with Fiorentina.

"My knee hurts a lot, it makes it tough to kick the ball. I didn't go off because of fatigue," he told Radio Cooperativa.

"In the game with Fiorentina I turned my knee. It hurts a lot and it's stopping me from playing well."

Juventus beat Lyon 3-1 on aggregate to move into Friday's draw for the Europa League semi-finals along with Valencia, Sevilla and Benfica.

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