Thursday September 1 2016
Bonucci to miss Israel-Italy

Leonardo Bonucci will not take part in Italy’s opening World Cup qualifier against Israel on Monday evening.

Coach Giampiero Ventura confirmed the news in this evening’s Press conference.

“I heard from him and he won’t be coming, although thank heavens it seems as if the situation is improving,” said Ventura.

“Faced with a personal situation like this we can only wish him the best.”

The Juventus defender already missed a Serie A match against Lazio last weekend and tonight’s 3-1 Italy friendly defeat to France.

Bonucci’s two-year-old son Matteo had emergency surgery on July 31 and his condition worsened last week.

He has therefore been given time off to spend with his family.

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