Juventus forward Fabio Quagliarella is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a ruptured knee ligament in his team’s 4-1 loss to Parma.
The ANSA news agency said he is expected to be sidelined for between four and six months.
Quagliarella was taken off after only three minutes in Thursday’s game. He has been Juventus’ leading scorer this season with nine goals.
The Turin club is reportedly close to signing veteran striker Luca Toni from Genoa as a replacement, although club president said he wanted to give the current squad a chance to step up in the absence of Quagliarella.
“First of all let us hope that Fabio’s injury in not a serious one. He suffered a distortion to his knee which will be evaluated by the medical staff, but as I already stated, our plans will not change,” Agnelli was quoted on the club’s official website as saying.
“The squad is very competitive. We have a group of attackers who when well are of a very high level, we have one of the best midfields in Europe, an exceptional central defence duo, the best goalkeeper of the decade and Storari who does not make us miss [Buffon] him.