According to recent reports captain and defender of the Serie A side Juventus, Giorgio Chiellini, has undergone knee surgery and is expected to be out of action for next six months.

Notably, Chiellini suffered a knee injury while attending a training session last Friday. He was consequently withdrawn from the Italy squad and Francesco Acerbi was named as his replacement for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Armenia and Finland.

“This afternoon, Giorgio Chiellini underwent surgery to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee,” Juventus FC said in a statement released on Tuesday.

“The intervention, performed at the Hochrum clinic in Innsbruck by Professor Christian Fink in the presence of the Juventus Club Doctor, Dr. Tzouroudis, was perfectly successful.”

“The expected recovery time is around six months,” the statement added.

If everything falls as per plan, the Italian defender will most likely be available for selection in March 2020. He could thus feature for Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals if Juventus make that stage.

Chiellini featured in as many as 384 matches for Juventus after he joined the team from Roma way back in 2005.