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Saturday June 15 2013
Insigne could start semi-final

Lorenzo Insigne is fit to play in tonight’s European Under-21 Championship semi-final against Holland.

The forward, who can also play out wide on the left, feared the worst when he was stretchered off in tears during the 4-0 win over Israel.

“Fortunately it was only heavy bruising and he has recovered. He is very motivated and it’s a shame his tournament was interrupted like this,” agent Antonio Ottaiano told Tuttomercatoweb.

“As far as I can tell, he is due to play tonight, but the line-up has not been formalised yet. He is in the squad, in good shape and therefore could well start.”

However, there are concerns over Empoli's Riccardo Saponara, who picked up a muscular problem in training.

The Azzurrini face Holland in the semi-final at 19.30 UK time (18.30 GMT) in Israel.

“Italy are an excellent side who can win the title and provide good guarantees for the future of the senior team.

“This group reminds me of the one coached by Azeglio Vicini that included Giuseppe Giannini, Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Mancini.

“As for Insigne’s future, he would be a huge draw if he were on the market, but Napoli haven’t even considered the idea of releasing him.

“He is 100 per cent going to stay, as President Aurelio De Laurentiis really believes in him.”

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