Report: Romagnoli suffers hip injury

by | Nov 9, 2020 11:48

Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli injured his hip during the warm-up ahead of the match against Hellas Verona on Sunday.

The centre-back had been called up by Italy CT Roberto Mancini for this month’s matches against Estonia, Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina, but has been replaced by Alessandro Bastoni of Inter.

Romagnoli had to stop before the 2-2 draw with the Gialloblu, as Simon Kjaer and Matteo Gabbia took to the pitch in the captain’s absence.

Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli injured his hip during the warm-up ahead of the match against Hellas Verona on Sunday.

The centre-back had been called up by Italy CT Roberto Mancini for this month’s matches against Estonia, Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina, but has been replaced by Alessandro Bastoni of Inter.

Romagnoli had to stop before the 2-2 draw with the Gialloblu, as Simon Kjaer and Matteo Gabbia took to the pitch in the captain’s absence.

The 25-year-old recently missed 10 games from July to October due to a problem in his calf, but La Gazzetta dello Sport reveals it’s the flexor that caused the setback on Sunday.

He was stopped during the warm-up yesterday and the extent of the injury has yet to be assessed, but he’s not considered likely to join up with the national team at a later date given the number of international fixtures in quick succession in the November window.

Romagnoli made his senior international debut against Spain in a 1-1 friendly draw in October 2016, and has thus far picked up 12 caps for the Azzurri.

Italy go into the game with Poland in second place in Nations League Group A1, trailing their opponents on November 15. The nations met in October in Gdansk with the game ending in a goalless draw, a fixture Romagnoli also missed. According to www.888sport.com, Italy are favourites to win in this home fixture.

Poland have named a number of Serie A-based players for their squad for the November fixtures, including Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Joining the 30-year-old from Serie A in the Polish defensive options are Benevento’s Kamil Glick, Sampdoria’s Bartosz Bereszysnki, Crotone’s Arkadiusz Reca and Cagliari’s Sebastian Walukiewicz.

Coach Jerzy Brzeczek has also named Napoli duo Piotr Zielinski and Arkadiusz Milik in his squad, as well as Torino’s Karol Linetty.

Szczesny was left on the bench in the fixture a month earlier as Brzeczek preferred West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski between the posts, and it remains to be seen which ex-Arsenal goalkeeper will be selected on this occasion.

Mancini, meanwhile, preferred Leonardo Bonucci and Francesco Acerbi as his centre-back pairing against Poland in Gdansk, despite having a number of other options in place of the absent Romagnoli, including the veteran Giorgio Chiellini.

This time, Mancini has called up the less experienced Gianluca Mancini – no relation to the coach – as part of a defensive roster that lacks caps outside of Bonucci, who is approaching his 100th international appearance.

If he had stayed fit then Romagnoli would have been the third-most capped defender available to Mancini, behind Bonucci and Alessandro Florenzi, the full-back on loan at Paris Saint-Germain from Roma. Florenzi has previously made 38 appearances for the national team.

Italy go into the games against Estonia, Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina not having lost an international fixture since a 2018 Nations League defeat to Portugal. Andre Silva scored the only goal of the game on that occasion.

Since then, Italy have drawn five times and won 14, including over the likes of Greece and the Netherlands. However, recent draws with Poland, the Netherlands and Bosnia and Herzegovina have put Mancini under pressure as national team coach.

Italy are second in their Nations League group despite not having lost any of their four games. However, they’ve won only once – a September win over the Dutch, with Nicolo Barella scoring the only goal.

Poland, by contrast have been beaten in the Nations League – losing their first fixture to the Netherlands in early September – but have since beaten Bosnia and Herzegovina twice, as well as drawing with Italy.

The Netherlands are third in the group on five points, a point behind Italy and two behind Poland. Bosnia and Herzegovina, who have yet to win in the group, are bottom of the table with two points.

Prior to facing Poland, Italy will meet Estonia in a friendly in Florence, to be played at Fiorentina’s Stadio Artemio Franchi. Mancini is expected to use the friendly to experiment and examine his options prior to the competitive fixtures. Italy play Poland four days after Estonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina three days after that.

The game with Poland will be the fourth meeting between the countries in the past two years, after they were paired in the 2018 Nations League too. They drew 1-1 in Italy in the first of the 2018 meetings, before Italy won 1-0 in Poland when Cristiano Biraghi scored in the 90th minute.

In total, Italy and Poland have played each other 17 times. Italy have won six, with Poland winning three and a total of eight draws. They first met in qualifying for the 1966 World Cup, playing out a goalless draw in Warsaw before Italy won 6-1 in Rome. Sandro Mazzola was among the scorers and Paolo Barison scored a hat-trick, three of the six goals he scored in nine games for Italy.

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