The injured Andrea Barzagli is remaining optimistic that he will be able to feature for Italy at Euro 2012 this summer.
Barzagli is struggling with a calf strain that could see him sidelined for the next 20 days and he may be replaced in the squad before the tournament begins.
However, the Juventus stopper is hopeful that he could remain in the party for the European Championship.
“Let’s hope it all works out,” Barzagli noted. “I don’t know how long I will be out for, you’ll have to ask the doctors…
“The calf is a big muscle and if the medical staff are optimistic about my recovery then I am even more optimistic than they are.
“The problem occurred in the last few minutes of the game against Russia on Friday when I stretched for the ball.
“At the time it didn’t seem like a big issue, but I was limping the day after. I feel better now, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
It is understood that Cagliari centre-back Davide Astori has been put on stand-by. A final decision on Barzagli will be made on Friday.
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