Italy took home a precious victory over Ukraine in the most recent Euro qualifier despite being down a few key pieces. Luciano Spalletti and the medical staff were extra careful with banged-up players. They quickly sent them home even if they could have potentially played through their ailments to avoid irking their clubs. Three of them, Federico Chiesa, Gianluca Mancini, and Matteo Politano scored for their respective teams over the weekend, La Gazzetta dello Sport points out.
The Juventus winger picked up an adductor injury on September 8th. He headed back to Turin right away and recovered in the ensuing week. He was spry and bagged his third goal of the season versus Lazio.
Instead, Politano and Mancini subbed off early against North Macedonia and left Coverciano before the second Italy match on the schedule. The winger was limited in practice for a pair of days due to a sore calf. However, he was present, came off the bench, and slotted home a pretty volley against Genoa.
Mancini bit the bullet and was in the XI versus Empoli. Roma had no alternatives in the back since Chris Smalling was absent. He had a fine showing in the romp, went the full 90 minutes, and netted the final goal for his side with a header. Italy will return on the pitch in mid-October, facing Malta and England.
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