ITALY’S IN­JURY WOES MOUNT

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ITALY coach Gi­ampiero Ven­tura faces an in­jury headache as mid­fielder Clau­dio Marchi­sio, striker Manolo Gab­bia­dini and de­fender An­drea Barza­gli have all been ruled out with in­juries from Satur­day’s World Cup qual­i­fier against Liecht­en­stein. As well as miss­ing the Group G qual­i­fier, they will also miss the friendly against Ger­many on Nov. 15. The 30-year-old Marchi­sio was left out as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure so that he can rest a left leg in­jury, the Ital­ian FA said on Mon­day in a state­ment on their web­site (www.figc.it). Marchi­sio, capped 54 times, re­turned to Serie A side Juventus last month af­ter spend­ing six months re­cov­er­ing from a cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in­jury in his left knee. Med­i­cal tests con­firmed Napoli striker Gab­bia­dini was car­ry­ing a slight in­jury sus­tained dur­ing Napoli’s 1-1 draw with Lazio on Satur­day.

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