Juventus will be without Cristiano Zanetti for the rest of the season and Giorgio Chiellini for at least a month after fresh injury setbacks.
Both players had only just returned from long lay-offs when they aggravated the recovering injuries during last night's 3-2 defeat to Cagliari.
Zanetti has the most serious problem, as he has suffered a thigh strain to the same left muscle that kept him out of action for four months.
More tests are needed on Monday, but with this diagnosis the midfielder is likely to be sidelined for a minimum of two months, probably more.
Chiellini also limped off clutching his left thigh and aggravated the same injury he had before Christmas.
The defender is going to be ruled out for at least a month and will definitely miss the first leg of the Champions League clash with Chelsea.
It is disastrous news for Juventus and may well force them back on to the transfer market, but time is running out, as the window closes on Monday.
No Chiellini against Chelsea!!!!