Italy boss Cesare Prandelli could face a real selection headache before the all-important clash with Germany in the Euro 2012 semi-finals.
The Azzurri have done well to eliminate England and earn the right to fight for a place in the European Championship final, but they could be without several high-profile players against Germany.
Daniele De Rossi was forced to leave the England game because of a chronic back injury and he declares himself doubtful for the Germany clash.
”My sciatic nerve is causing me some discomfort,” De Rossi noted. “After Diamanti’s penalty, I couldn’t even get up and embrace him.”
Should De Rossi fail to recover in time, Antonio Nocerino would be the obvious replacement after the Milan midfielder impressed in a substitute role against England.
Cesare Prandelli could face even bigger problems at the back seeing that Christian Maggio is suspended and Ignazio Abate is struggling with a muscle injury.
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini is also doubtful after picking up a hamstring injury, but his absence won’t be a problem if Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli repeat the performance from their last match.
In spite of all the problems and the fact they will have had two days less than their opponents to prepare for the semi-finals clash, Italy are not without chances in Warsaw and the Azzurri are 3.20 (11/5) with Stan James to make it to the final.