injuries for Barella, Bastoni, Bonucci and Chiellini

injuries for Barella, Bastoni, Bonucci and Chiellini
injuries for Barella, Bastoni, Bonucci and Chiellini

In the next few days Italy will face Switzerland and Northern Ireland in the last two games of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. Mancini risks not being able to have some of his best players. Due to injury Chiellini and Bonucci did not play last Saturday, while Barella and Bastoni of Inter were out due to injury in the derby.

Italy champion of Europe must earn qualification for the 2022 World Cup, and to do so, Mancini’s national team must win against Switzerland (November 12) and Northern Ireland (15). But the approach to these two games did not start in the best way for the Azzurri, who risk not having Bonucci, Chiellini and Barella, while the absence of Verratti is certain.

Three of the pillars of the national team that won the European Championships may therefore have to follow Italy’s next two matches from afar. Mancini is obviously worried. Saturday Bonucci and Chiellini they forfeited and missed Juventus-Fiorentina. The captain of the national team was present in the list but then had a muscular resentment, while his historical defensive partner was excluded due to muscle fatigue. Both will be in Coverciano on Monday, but in all likelihood they will return home immediately.

The bad news isn’t over. Because watching the Milan-Inter derby, coach Mancini saw first Niccolò Barella and then Bastoni leave the pitch due to an injury. The midfielder raised the white flag it seems a muscular problem, which if it were important would certainly cause the absence against Switzerland next Friday. And in the end Bastoni also came out, even the young defender was forced to go out due to a physical problem.

The Italian selector has many resources, but certainly the probable loss of some big names is not pleasing. Mancini has called up 28 players, but if Bonucci, Chiellini and Bastoni are forced to return home, there will be only two central players left: Mancini and Acerbi (surely there will be at least one other central player called). While in midfield, despite the problems of Barella and Verratti, the blue coach has a wide choice and will be able to choose between Pellegrini, Locatelli, Tonali, Jorginho and Escape.


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