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Injured Marchisio out for six months

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FLORENCE, Italy (AP) Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will likely be out for six-to-eight months.

The injury occurred during a training session with the national team, which visits Bulgaria on Saturday for a European Championship qualifier.

Marchisio's injury is the latest in a series of physical problems for Juventus' midfield. Passing standout Andrea Pirlo has been out for a month with a torn leg muscle and France international Paul Pogba is out for two months after tearing a muscle in his right thigh in the Champions League this month.

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