Italy-Brazil: Chiellini ruled out for the Azzurri
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has revealed that he will be without the services of Giorgio Chiellini for Thursday’s friendly with Brazil due to an injury.
The Juventus defender picked up an ankle knock in his side's 2-0 win over Bologna at the weekend, and has not have recovered in time to face the 2014 World Cup hosts.
Enrico Castellacci, the national team doctor, said: "We conducted new tests on Chiellini's condition this morning and, although recent therapy has improved his condition, I can say with certainty he will not be available for the Brazil game.
"The player is also in doubt for the Malta game."
Luiz Felipe Scolari has a number of injury problems ahead of the game in Geneva tomorrow, having already lost midfielder Paulinho to injury, while Diego Costa and David Luiz will undergo medical tests before being declared fit for the game.
Chelsea midfielder Ramires has also been ruled out of the Italy clash but is battling for fitness to play at Stamford Bridge on Monday when Brazil take on Russia.