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Juve's Pepe to undergo surgery after setback

Juventus's Simone Pepe needs surgery after suffering a relapse in his recovery from a thigh injury which has limited the midfielder to 20 minutes of Serie A action this term.

Simone Pepe in action for Juventus last season
Simone Pepe in action for Juventus last season ©AFP/Getty Images

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.