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Juve's Pepe to undergo surgery after setback

Tuesday 19 February 2013 22.05 CET
Simone Pepe in action for Juventus last season

Juventus midfielder Simone Pepe is to undergo surgery to help overcome a thigh injury after suffering a further setback in his recovery.

After a fourth recurrence of the injury he initially sustained in a pre-season friendly, the 29-year-old has decided to have an operation after managing just 20 minutes of Serie A action this season. "I have had four relapses in the same area, so after careful consideration we have decided that I will undergo an operation to get back playing as soon as possible," said the former Udinese Calcio player.

"I thank my team-mates, my family and the club who have supported me and allowed me to keep a smile on my face, even though it has not always been easy," the Italian international continued. "Now there will be an operation and after that, we can begin to discuss a recovery period." It is uncertain how long Pepe will remained sidelined, but he is unlikely to feature again this term for the Bianconeri, who lead Celtic FC 3-0 going into the second leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie on 6 March.

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