Cesare Prandelli will unveil his Italy squad for qualifiers against Bulgaria and the Czech Republic today with possible surprises.
The Azzurri continue their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign on Friday September 6 against Bulgaria in Palermo and on Tuesday September 10 against the Czech Republic in Turin.
According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, we could see several changes to the side for these games.
Thiago Motta could make his return after improving form at Paris Saint-Germain, where he’d join club teammates Marco Verratti and Salvatore Sirigu.
Manolo Gabbiadini is a potential new face, promoted from the Under-21 team, where Lorenzo Insigne and Alessandro Florenzi have already made the step up.
Andrea Barzagli is at risk in defence after limping off during last night’s 4-1 win over Lazio, as Juventus released a statement confirming a problem with the tendon in his foot.
Possible Italy squad
Gk: Buffon (Juventus), Marchetti (Lazio), Sirigu (PSG)
D: Abate (Milan), Antonelli (Genoa), Astori (Cagliari), Barzagli (Juventus), Bonucci (Juventus), Chiellini (Juventus), De Silvestri (Sampdoria), Maggio (Napoli), Ranocchia (Inter)
M: Aquilani (Fiorentina), Candreva (Lazio), Cerci (Torino), De Rossi (Roma), Florenzi (Roma), Diamanti (Bologna), Giaccherini (Sunderland), Montolivo (Milan), Pirlo (Juventus), Thiago Motta (PSG), Verratti (PSG)
F: Balotelli (Milan), El Shaarawy (Milan), Gilardino (Genoa), L Insigne (Napoli), Osvaldo (Southampton), Gabbiadini (Sampdoria)