Injured Wednesday in training, Lorenzo Pellegrini should withdraw from the Euro and give way to Gaetano Castrovilli. Another blow for the Italian selection because Stefano Sensi is also forfeited and Marco Verratti has not yet recovered from his knee injury. Italy start the Euro against Turkey on Friday (9 p.m.).
New concern in midfield for Italy on the eve of the opening match of the Euro Friday against Turkey. Lorenzo Pellegrini, injured, should leave his place in the 26 to Fiorentina player Gaetano Castrovilli, the Federation announced on Thursday. After Stefano Sensi’s withdrawal, formalized at the start of the week (and replaced by Matteo Pessina), Lorenzo Pellegrini (AS Roma) “suffered an injury” Wednesday in training, said the Italian Federation in a statement.
A request was therefore sent to UEFA to allow his replacement in the list of 26, under the regulations allowing such a substitution until the first match in the tournament. Without waiting for the formal green light from the European body, Castrovilli must already join Roberto Mancini’s group which is due to leave the Coverciano technical center in Florence on Thursday to reach Rome where the match will take place on Friday evening (9 p.m.). opening of the competition against Turkey.
Marco Verratti probably absent
The midfielder of Italy, the strong point of the team rebuilt by Mancini since 2018, is already handicapped by the probable absence of Marco Verratti on Friday. The Paris SG midfielder has resumed training after his right knee injury in early May, but his return to competition is not expected before the second match against Switzerland (June 16) or even the last of the first round against Wales (June 20).