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Football: Juve new signing Morata out for seven weeks

Published on Jul 22, 2014 8:10 PM
Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata reacts during their Spanish first division match against Celta Vigo at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on May 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Striker Alvaro Morata's 20 million euros (S$33.5 million) move to Juventus has quickly turned sour after the Spaniard injured his knee in his first training session and was ruled out for seven weeks.

The 21-year-old, who completed his move from Real Madrid on Saturday, suffered a second degree injury to the medial collateral ligament in his left knee after being injured on Monday, the Serie A champions said in a statement on Tuesday. "The forecast for a full recovery is of 50 days," the club said.

A highly-rated product of the Real youth academy, Morata came to the fore in the 2012-13 season, former coach Jose Mourinho's last at the club.

He scored eight goals in 23 La Liga appearances last season.

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