Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli has left the Italy training camp due to an injury problem.
He had been called up for the two World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.
However, medical staff evaluated his condition today and sent him back home to Turin.
Barzagli had limped off during Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Lazio with an inflamed Achilles tendon.
It is likely Barzagli will be replaced in the Azzurri back three by his Juventus teammate Angelo Ogbonna.
Italy play Bulgaria in Palermo on Friday September 6 and host the Czech Republic at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on Tuesday September 10.
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