Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Soccer: Italy's Balzaretti, Astori to miss WC qualifiers


(ANSA) - Florence, September 4 - AS Roma defender Federico
Balzaretti and Cagliari defender Davide Astori will not be
playing in Italy's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against
Bulgaria and Malta due to leg injuries, the national team's
doctor Enrico Castellacci said on Tuesday.
"They are not serious injuries, but (the players) need a
precise length of time to recover and so they will not be
available for the games against Bulgaria and Malta," he said.
Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli called up AC Milan's
Francesco Acerbi to take Astori's place in the squad.
Instead midfielder Daniele De Rossi, who is suffering from a
mild ankle sprain, could make it onto the pitch as his condition
is deemed less serious.
Meanwhile Milan forward Giampaolo Pazzini missed a training
session on Tuesday due to a problem with his right knee but
Castellacci said he was already undergoing treatment and should
be able to rejoin the group shortly.
On Monday Prandelli said Inter Milan striker Antonio Cassano
would not be playing in the two qualifying matches as he needed
time to improve his "physical fitness".
Italy will face Bulgaria in Sofia on Friday in their first
qualifier for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and will host Malta
in Modena four days later.

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