Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini is facing up to three months on the sidelines after tearing his calf during training, it was announced Thursday.

Bianconeri head coach Antonio Conte stated that the team is likely to miss the defender for the foreseeable future after the 28-year-old pulled up in training.

"This morning, Giorgio Chiellini underwent an ultrasound scan at Turin's Istituto di Medicina dello Sport medical centre," a statement on the club's official website read. "The scan revealed a tear in the defender's right calf. He will begin his rehabilitation programme, defined by the club's medical staff, over the course of the next few days."

Juventus holds a seven-point lead in Serie A and faces Cagliari on Friday before the league's winter break begins.