Morata ruled out for a month

The Spain international will miss the start of the Serie A season after tearing a calf muscle in training ahead of the Supercoppa Italiana
Juventus have been rocked by the news that striker Alvaro Morata has been ruled out of action for a month through injury.

The Spain international had been set to start Saturday's Supercoppa Italiana clash with Lazio in China but tore a calf muscle in training on Tuesday.

Consequently, Morata will now miss Juve's Serie A opener against Udinese on August 23, as well as the trip to the Stadio Olimpico the following weekend to take on Scudetto rivals Roma.

"Alvaro Morata will be sidelined for up to 30 days after suffering a torn soleus muscle in his left calf," read a statement released on Juve's official website.

"Having departed the work-out early, the striker underwent tests today in Shanghai to reveal the full extent of the damage."

Morata's injury represents another major blow for Juventus, who saw summer signing Sami Khedira ruled out for two months with a hamstring problem after pulling up in Saturday's friendly against Marseille.

However, although the Italian champions lost Carlos Tevez to Boca Juniors this summer, they have strengthened their attack with the additions of Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Simone Zaza.