Cesare Prandelli has refused to speculate on whether Francesco Totti will be in Italy’s squad for the World Cup.
Rumours circulated earlier this season that after his impressive start, the Roma captain could come out of international retirement for the tournament in Brazil.
But the Coach has today failed to comment on those stories after the veteran’s injury.
“We talked a lot about Totti,” he told reporters. “But it obviously brought him bad luck.
“He’s been hurt for a while, and when that happens at his age it is difficult to put a date on when he will return.
“We’re waiting for him to get back on the pitch, and if he plays like he did before, we’ll see.”
The tactician then revealed who he would like to avoid in the group stage after the pots for the draw were revealed.
“I’d like to avoid Germany in the group,” he said. “But I’d sign up now to meet them in the final.
“I’d quite like a strong group though. In our history we have always done well when the group is difficult.
“If it’s easier, then that’s when you find difficulties. Maybe we can get Brazil.”