Juventus midfielder Manuel Locatelli is injured and out of Italy’s closing Euro 2024 qualifiers in opposition to North Macedonia and Ukraine, coach Luciano Spalletti mentioned on Monday.
Spalletti instructed reporters that “Locatelli has left” with out specifying what damage had led to the 25-year-old being pressured to depart the Azzurri coaching camp.
Locatelli joins AC Milan captain Davide Calabria, Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret and Atalanta defender Rafael Toloi on the remedy desk, leaving Spalletti with 25 of the 29 gamers he initially referred to as up for the Group C deciders.
Italy is third, three factors behind Ukraine who occupy the second automated qualifying spot in Group C however have performed a sport greater than the European champions.
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Spalletti’s crew hosts North Macedonia, which dumped Italy out of the final World Cup on the play-offs, in Rome on Friday evening earlier than taking over Ukraine in Leverkusen the next Monday.
Four factors from these two matches will give Italy the prospect to defend its title at subsequent summer season’s match in Germany.
Locatelli lately signed a long-term cope with Juventus that may hold him on the Serie A membership till 2028.