​Maurizio Sarri's midfield options at Juventus have become further depleted with the news that Rodrigo Bentancur may have suffered a serious knee injury during the 3-1 defeat at Lazio on Saturday.

The Uruguayan was substituted in the 41st minute to be replaced by Emre Can, and his problem could put Sarri in a tricky situation for their next Serie A game against Udinese.

Both Miralem Pjanic and Juan Cuadrado will be suspended so will likely feature in the midweek Champions League clash against Bayer Leverkusen, but Sami Khedira is out for three months following surgery, while there are fitness doubts over Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and Douglas Costa.

Rodrigo Bentancur

Speaking after the 3-1 loss, Sarri told DAZN, as quoted by ​Football Italia“Bentancur will have the tests, the collateral ligament seems to be involved to some degree, we’ll see how much. 

"Bentancur is a decisive player for us at the moment, so we missed him a great deal once he came off.”

Juve have top spot in their ​Champions League group wrapped up, so Sarri can afford to give some of his stars a break in a game against Leverkusen which is essentially a formality for the Italian champions, even if the Bundesliga outfit can still qualify for the next stage if they win and Atlético Madrid slip up against Lokomotiv Moscow.

Speaking about his other midfield options, Sarri added: “We’ll have to work something out over the next few weeks and see if we can resolve other situations quickly.

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“Federico Bernardeschi and Ramsey could probably be used in that role, so we’ll see about some tests there.”

Saturday's defeat means ​Juve have dropped points in their last two Serie A games, with Antonio Conte's ​Inter now holding the advantage in the title race following their 0-0 draw with Roma on Friday night.

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