Italy playmaker Marco Verratti played 20 minutes in a friendly against Pescara Primavera team yesterday and could be called up against Switzerland on Wednesday.
Verratti missed the opening game of Euro 2020 with a knee injury which he suffered in one of the last games of the season with PSG.
Roberto Mancini included him in the Azzurri’s Euro 2020 squad knowing the midfielder would have not been available for the first games of the group stage.
However, the 28-year-old joined his teammates for 20 minutes in a friendly game against the Pescara Primavera team at Coverciano on Sunday.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper, Verratti could be available against Switzerland in the second game of the group stage on Wednesday, but it’s unlikely to see him start the game.
Manuel Locatelli is expected to start in midfield along with Jorginho and Nicolò Barella against the Swiss, while Alessandro Florenzi will miss the game due to a calf injury and will be replaced by Giovanni Di Lorenzo.
All the goals from a training game at Coverciano that saw Marco #Verratti get 20 minutes of action with his former side.
— Italy (@azzurri) June 13, 2021