Verratti resumes running, but won’t face Turkey

by | Jun 10, 2021 17:53

Marco Verratti finally started running in today’s training session, but the Italy starting XI against Turkey seems to be decided.

Euro 2020 opens in Rome tomorrow evening at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), part of Group A that also includes Switzerland and Wales.

Italy had a training session that was open to the media on the Olimpico pitch this evening and there was some news.

Verratti was running for the first time since he sustained a knee injury while playing for PSG last month.

He jogged around the side of the pitch accompanied by member of staff Gianluca Vialli and they were all smiles.

It means Verratti could potentially make an appearance as a substitute against Turkey, but likely won’t be risked.

Lorenzo Pellegrini pulled out this morning with a muscular injury, replaced in the squad by Fiorentina midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli.

It was the second change to Roberto Mancini’s group after Stefano Sensi made way for Matteo Pessina.

The starting XI against Turkey looks quite predictable, with Ciro Immobile and Domenico Berardi getting the nod ahead of Andrea Belotti and Federico Chiesa.

Manuel Locatelli is the natural choice to step in for Verratti in a midfield with Jorginho and Nicolò Barella.

Italy (probable): G Donnarumma; Florenzi, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne

Manuel Locatelli

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