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Juventus lose Howedes until 2018

Juventus are likely to be without the services of Germany international Benedikt Howedes until the new year, the club has confirmed.

The defender has torn a muscle in his right thigh in a continuation of his frustrating start to life in Turin.

On loan from Schalke, the 29-year-old has appeared only once in Serie A as he battles persistent injuries.

Howedes missed Friday's crucial 1-0 win at leaders Napoli, which saw Juve close the gap at the top to a single point.

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The Bianconeri now turn their attention to sealing a place in the Champions League knockout stages, which they can do with a win away to Olympiacos on Tuesday.

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