Wednesday May 23 2012
De Rossi in Italy training match

Daniele De Rossi and Marco Verratti took part in the game between ranks today, as Cesare Prandelli tried two different tactics.

Italy continue their preparations for Euro 2012 and De Rossi is on the road to recovery from the fracture in his right hand.

The Roma midfielder took part in today’s 10 v 10 game between ranks and was wearing a special protective cast.

Sebastian Giovinco also shook off a knee injury and scored in the mini-match, which saw Pescara starlet Verratti join in for the first time.

Coach Prandelli tested out two different systems, as one team played with three defenders, while the other had four at the back.

On one team there was an attacking trident of Giovinco behind Mario Balotelli and Antonio Di Natale.

The other side had Fabio Borini, Antonio Cassano and Alessandro Diamanti supporting lone centre-forward Mattia Destro.

Giorgio Chiellini and Riccardo Montolivo are still only doing light running due to their thigh strains.

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