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Barzagli's EURO participation in doubt

Published: Monday 4 June 2012, 16.47CET
Italy defender Andrea Barzagli will miss the group stage after being sidelined for 20 days with a calf strain; a decision on whether he will stay with the squad will be taken this week.
Barzagli's EURO participation in doubt
Italy defender Andrea Barzagli suffered the injury against Russia on Friday ©Getty Images
 
Published: Monday 4 June 2012, 16.47CET

Barzagli's EURO participation in doubt

Italy defender Andrea Barzagli will miss the group stage after being sidelined for 20 days with a calf strain; a decision on whether he will stay with the squad will be taken this week.

Italy defender Andrea Barzagli is facing a battle to play any part at UEFA EURO 2012 after picking up a calf strain.
 
The 31-year-old sustained the injury in Friday's 3-0 friendly loss to Russia. Azzurri team doctor Enrico Castellacci said Barzagli, capped 29 times by his country, would be unavailable for up to 20 days.

The centre-back, who won the Scudetto with Juventus this season, is therefore likely to miss the entire group stage. His condition will be monitored until Friday, when – subject to approval from UEFA – Italy coach Cesare Prandelli will make a decision on whether to replace him or not.

Last updated: 04/06/12 17.24CET

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