Luciano Spalletti will issue the Italy call-ups for the key qualifiers against North Macedonia and Ukraine on Friday night. There could be a pair of surprises and returns to the Azzurri roster. Budding Monza star Andrea Colpani has been pre-selected, but he could be surpassed at the last corner by Jorginho. He has resumed playing consistently with Arsenal, Tuttomercatoweb informs.
Like in the past break, Mateo Retegui will be absent due to a lingering knee injury. Ciro Immobile, Giacomo Raspadori, Gianluca Scamacca, and Moise Kean are all available and in decent form. Mattia Zaccagni could also miss out due to a physical problem.
Giorgio Scalvini isn’t in tip-top shape either due to back spasms. He’ll probably make the squad and be assessed by the Italy doctors. Spalletti should welcome back Alessandro Buongiorno, who was hurt in mid-October. Giovanni Di Lorenzo will miss the first match due to a suspension. It might lead to the return of Davide Calabria, although Matteo Darmian will probably start.
Lorenzo Pellegrini hasn’t played in weeks and could be outright spared, even though he might be available for the Derby. Sandro Tonali is obviously ineligible. Giacomo Bonaventura will be confirmed thanks to his strong showings the last time out and the absences.
It remains to be determined whether the Italy boss will enlist Nicolò Zaniolo. He’s ways away from getting his position sorted and might not receive any discipline from the sports authorities.
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