ITALY’S INJURY WOES MOUNT
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.