Marchisio out for month after surgery

MILAN - Italy and Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio will return to action in a little over a month after successful knee surgery, the Serie A club said in a statement on Saturday.

The 23-year-old was in line to start Italy's World Cup qualifier in Ireland but pulled out of the squad earlier in the week.

His absence will be a blow to Juve, who have suffered a number of injury problems and have not won in four games.