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Euro 2012: Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini will miss England quarter-final

June 20, 2012

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• Defender to miss game with thigh injury
• Leonardo Bonucci likely to step in

The Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini will miss his team’s Euro 2012 quarter-final against England on Sunday.

The Italy team doctor, Enrico Castellacci, confirmed the news but r efused to rule out the possibililty of the centre-back recovering from a 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 had been a doubt for the tournament after suffering a similar injury in Juventus’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 reco vered so well from that one but he is very motivated and has already started rehab. Let’s see what happens.”

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

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