Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Soccer: Italy's Antonelli out of Czech qualifier


Florence, June 3 - Left back Luca Antonelli has
been ruled out of Italy's World Cup qualifier in the Czech
Republic on Friday with a muscle injury while centre back Andrea
Barzagli is a doubt with an Achilles' tendon problem.
Tests showed that Genoa defender Antonelli picked up an
injury in Friday's 4-0 win over San Marino in a friendly which
will sideline him for 10-15 days, the Italian Soccer Federation
(FIGC) said.
The FIGC said Juventus player Barzagli will have a fitness
test later on Monday to check a problem with his right
AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy is also having trouble
with a knock he suffered in training but the Azzurri medical
staff are "moderately optimistic" he will be fit for selection
for the Czech game.
FIGC Vice President Demetrio Albertini said the federation
was in "constant contact" with FIFA and the Czech Soccer
Association amid fears that Friday's match could be affected by
the wave of extreme weather that has hit central Europe.
Victory in Friday's match in Prague would put the Azzurri
close to qualifying for next year's World Cup in Brazil.
Italy lead European World Cup qualifying group B with 13
points from five games, three points more than second-placed
Bulgaria, who have played six matches.
The Czechs are third with eight points from five games.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is set to announce his squad
for this month's Confederations Cup in Brazil later on Monday.

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