Aaron Ramsey will miss the chance to make his competitive debut for new club Juventus in their opening Serie A game against Parma.
The Welshman, who left Arsenal as a free agent to join the Italian champions this summer, is absent from Juve’s 23-man squad for this weekend’s trip to the Emilia-Romagna region.
Daniele Rugani, who has been linked with a move away from the club, is also missing but new signing Matthijs de Ligt could be set to make his competitive debut following a big-money move from Ajax.
Ramsey has already donned the black and white shirt for the Italian champions in pre-season, but will have to wait a little while longer to launch his league campaign.
The 28-year-old got minutes under his belt in a friendly against Triestina last weekend, appearing for the last 20 minutes of a 1-0 win.
It was his first appearance since April following an ongoing hamstring problem, but after a summer of rehabilitation, Bianconeri boss Maurizio Sarri has decided to give Ramsey more time.
Sarri himself will not make the trip to Stadio Ennio Tardini as he is in the process of recovering from a bout of pneumonia.
The club also confirmed via a statement that the former Chelsea boss would also be absent from the bench for the visit of his old club Napoli next weekend.
Alongside De Ligt, fellow fresh faces Adrien Rabiot, Danilo and Merih Demiral are also included in the matchday squad, along with former Parma goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon following his return from Paris Saint-Germain.
Juve’s cautious approach with Ramsey has been endorsed by the player, who has acknowledged the need for time to gain full fitness after another significant injury lay-off.
The midfielder, who left the Gunners after 11 years and almost 370 appearances in all competitions for the north Londoners, penned a four-year deal reportedly worth more than £400,000-a-week in February. He then made the move once his Arsenal contract has expired on July 1.
His competitors for a place in Juve’s starting XI include Sami Khedira, Rabiot, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi, Emre Can and Rodrigo Bentancur.