A dislocated shoulder will keep Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli out for two months, the club has announced.

He had suffered the injury in the Bianconeri’s 2-1 over Chievo during the weekend, where he had to be stretchered off the field in the opening minutes after an awkward landing.

A statement on Juventus’ official website read: “Andrea Barzagli was forced off through injury just five minutes into Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Chievo at the Stadio Bentegodi after dislocating his left shoulder.

“Andrea Barzagli today checked into J Medical for instrumental tests and orthopaedic consultancy by Dr. Ravera regarding the consequences of the dislocation of his left shoulder, sustained in the Serie A match in Verona.”

“The player will have to wear a protective brace for around four weeks. The current prognosis for his return is approximately two months.”

He has already been removed from Italy’s squad for the upcoming international matches, and will now set his sights for being fit for Juventus’ match against Bologna on the 8th of January.

The Bianconeri are 5 points ahead of AC Milan, and will be hoping to maintain their lead without the 35-year old center-back.