Italy assistant manager Alberico Evani has ‘lost count’ of the absent players for the Nations League clash with Poland.
Roberto Mancini will be out once again. The competition will start at 19.45 GMT at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio-Emilia on Sunday. His COVID test is not yet announced negative. Also, Evani will be on the bench.
Evani told RAI Sport: “You can imagine how Roberto is feeling, as he likes to be near the lads, but they know he is present, albeit not physically.”
Players like Roberto Gagliardini and Leonardo Bonucci continue to pull out.
“There aren’t many of us left, but I am not particularly worried. You need to focus less on those who aren’t here and more on those who are.
“I’ve lost count of all those who have pulled out of the squad for tomorrow, frankly, but I am convinced this group gives its best in difficult situations.”
Andrea Belotti is not fit. Ciro Immobile undergoes medical care due to his COVID-19 test.
“If he has problems, we won’t risk him, or anyone else. He trained well yesterday and is on recovering well, but if he isn’t available, then we’ll use someone with his characteristics or perhaps a different type of forward, the way we did two years ago in Poland with Federico Bernardeschi as the centre-forward.”
“There is this doubt that we still need to resolve. Despite his age, Bastoni has a great deal of experience in Serie A and the Champions League too now, so it’s not a problem.”
“Unfortunately, you can’t always manage to win games, even when you are superior on the night. Tomorrow we must try to repeat that kind of performance, but score more goals than them.”