World Cup news

Chiellini sidelined by ankle injury

March 20, 2013
By ESPN staff

Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out of Italy's friendly against Brazil and looks set to miss their World Cup qualifier against Malta due to an ankle problem.

Chiellini, 28, was named in the Azzurri squad despite picking up an injury at the weekend during Juventus' 2-0 win at Bologna.

However, national team doctor Enrico Castellacci has confirmed that the Juve defender has failed to recover in time for the Brazil clash and will return to Turin for further treatment.
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