Updated: 21/06/2012 09:02 | By pa.press.net

Chiellini out of England game

Giorgio Chiellini (© right)

Giorgio Chiellini (right) will miss Italy's quarter-final clash with England on Sunday

Defender Giorgio Chiellini will miss Italy's European Championship quarter-final against England on Sunday, their team doctor has confirmed.

But Enrico Castellacci refused to rule out the Juventus centre-back recovering from a left-thigh injury if the Azzurri progress further.

Chiellini, the most experienced defender in Italy's squad with 53 caps, was forced off during the second half of Monday's 2-0 win over Republic of Ireland, which secured a last-eight place.

"The scan he underwent confirmed it's a strain," Castellacci said.

"He will certainly miss the game on Sunday.

"Obviously, in a competition like this you have to try everything to have him back as quickly as possible but we will not take any unnecessary risks with his muscles."

Chiellinin, 27, had been a doubt for the tournament after suffering a similar injury in Juve's Serie A win against Atalanta last month.

Castellacci said: "It's nothing related to the injury he suffered just ahead of the finals.

"It's a pity because he had recovered so well from that one but he is very motivated and has already started rehab. Let's see what happens."

Chiellini was replaced by Juve team-mate Leonardo Bonucci against Ireland.

20/06/2012 14:08
Thank god!!, now we need to start Andy Carroll, because he will be the man against Italy, with his ability in the air, and i would start Welbeck or Rooney with him.
20/06/2012 16:06
for me you have to play rooney with carroll,rooney will be better in his second game and carroll looks more hungry than welbeck!!i can see england beating italy then out in the semis against our old foe!
20/06/2012 20:37
Having chiellini missing is good news for england but what would be even better is if balotelli does not play because he will run john terry ragged cos he is not having a good euros, so maybe now is the time to pair lescott with jagielka, but also for hodgson to play a bit bolder and play chamblain and walcott out wide and play 4-4-2 ! 
I have a strong feeling we can beat Italy, we certainly have the players, and Roy Hodgson, is an excellent coach .Its up to the players how we perform, if the players give their all then we will win 3-1 against Italy.
20/06/2012 15:21

matty is right yes start with Carroll & Welbeck, but why start with Rooney.  WAYNE ROONEY last scored a tournament goal for England almost exactly eight years ago.Well  if he play for any other Country he would be sitting at home like the rest of us. Put on the young guns ( ie  the OX + Theo )


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