Juventus winger suffers injury setback
The 30-year-old Italian international last appeared for Juve in November 2012 against Lazio when he was stretchered off the field after just 20 minutes of play.
Since then the former Udinese player has struggled to return to full fitness and the latest news means that he will once again spend time on the sidelines.
“Simone Pepe’s recent left-thigh complaint in his semimembranosus muscle, the area which was operated on earlier this year on 27 February, has been confirmed as a muscular strain close to the post-operative scar tissue,” a statement on the Bianconeri’s official site read.
“Given the complexity of the recovery process that he has undergone in the past for a similar problem, he will now take at least 15 to 20 days of rest and physiotherapy treatment.”
Uruguayan defender Martin Caceres is already expected to be out for around six weeks after undergoing surgery to a knee injury, and news of Pepe’s injury will come as a further blow to Juve coach Antonio Conte.