Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out until the New Year with a thigh injury.
The 25-year-old will miss the Champions League clash with Bayern Munich and is expected to be out for a further two matches.
The defender picked up the injury in the 2-1 win over Inter Milan and tests have shown the problem is in his right thigh.
The centre-half was become a mainstay of Ciro Ferrara's Juve side that is staking its claim for the Serie A title.
The Turin giants are just five points behind leaders Inter in third place after the crucial win over their title rivals.
Chiellini's injury is expected to keep him sidelined for around 20 days.