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Giorgio Chiellini pulls out of the Italy squad ahead of their World Cup qualifiers

Roberto Mancini sweats over the match fitness of Nicolò Barella as he is without key plays including Immobile, Pellegrini, and now Chiellini.

  • Giorgio Chiellini fails to recover from an injury he got in the warmup of the Juventus v Florentina match.
  • Italy to face Switzerland on Friday, to determine the group leader in their World Cup qualifying group.
  • Switzerland’s Steven Zuber pulls out of the Swiss squad due to an injury, leaving them in an anxious position.
Roberto Mancini loses key Italian players to injury ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers

On Wednesday, Italy’s captain Giorgio Chiellini has become the contemporary participant to withdraw from the European Champions’ latest World Cup qualifiers, as the injury troubles continue to pile up for manager Roberto Mancini.

Chiellini pulled out of the warmup before Juventus’ match in opposition to Fiorentina on the weekend in the Turin derby, and the veteran defender has now no longer recovered in time.

Italy midfielders Nicolò Zaniolo and Lorenzo Pellegrini along with star forward, Ciro Immobile pulled out of the squad in advance this week. Italy coach Roberto Mancini, in a positive bit of news, learned that midfielder Nicolò Barella passed through medical treatment, and trained on Wednesday.

Italy faces Switzerland in Rome on Friday. The 2 nations have 14 points each joint-top Group C with the European champions +2 goal difference – a tiebreaker advantage.

The 2nd-placed nation will go into the playoffs in March, desiring to advance beyond other 2nd-place finished opponents, to attain the World Cup Finals. Only the 1st-place finisher receives an immediate spot into subsequent year’s World Cup finals in Qatar.

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Switzerland additionally has injury troubles themselves. Being already without captain Granit Xhaka and forward Haris Seferovic because of long-time period accidents and winger Steven Zuber, on Monday, has become the fourth participant to drop out from the squad decided on the final week.

On Monday, Italy will face Northern Ireland in Belfast after their fixture against the Swiss on Friday. The Swiss end via way of means of being at home to Bulgaria.

Italy beat Switzerland 3-0 in Rome withinside the group segment of Euro 2020. The teams drew zero-zero in Basel in September in World Cup qualifying. After a 2-1 loss to Spain in a Nations League Semifinal, last month, Italy’s world record 37-match unbeaten run ended.

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