- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

TURIN, Italy (AP) - Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out of the Champions League final against Barcelona because of a left calf injury, robbing the Italian side of one of its most important players.

The Italy international will miss out on a reunion with Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, who bit Chiellini on the shoulder during the World Cup in Brazil last year.

Juventus says on its website that Chiellini reported discomfort in his calf on Wednesday, and a scan revealed he has torn a muscle.

Andrea Barzagli, who appears to have recovered from a muscle injury sustained against Napoli 10 days ago, is Chiellini’s likely replacement. Another option to pair with Leonardo Bonucci at center back could be Angelo Ogbonna.

Stephan Lichtsteiner and Patrice Evra are the likely starters at fullback.



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