Tuesday June 3 2014
Sirigu, Balotelli fears allayed

Italy’s team doctor says that Salvatore Sirigu has not suffered broken ribs and that Mario Balotelli does not have a groin injury.

After making a save during yesterday’s evening training session at Coverciano, goalkeeper Sirigu complained of sharp pain in ribs.

Fears were that he had fractured them, but the Azzurri’s team doctor has today eased such suggestions.

“Fortunately tests have ruled out fractures,” Enrico Castellacci has told reporters today.

“The guy has badly bruised the right 11th rib, with post-impact swelling.

“It is a tedious injury, painful but manageable, we are relieved, we are much more relaxed.

“In short, there is no reason to alert any replacements.”

Castellacci was also asked about Mario Balotelli’s condition. The Milan man trained with the group on Monday despite reports that he was struggling with a groin injury.

 “Is that an exaggeration? Yes it is. He does not have a groin injury, he can play.

“He is training hard, he only had an overload in training, but we are managing it.

“He is available to the Coach and is in condition to play [tomorrow’s game with Luxembourg].”

Meanwhile, Andrea Barzagli is a doubt to make tomorrow’s game in Perugia against Luxembourg, having had treatment yesterday for a fever, due to inflamed tonsils.

Italy today posed for their official pre-World Cup team photo, ahead of this afternoon travelling out to Perugia for tomorrow night’s match.