Marseille - Injury-hit midfielder Daniele De Rossi has been
virtually ruled out of Italy's Euro 2016 quarter-final clash with world
champions Germany on Saturday, according to the Azzurri's medical staff.
De Rossi has been rock solid for Antonio Conte's side as
they upset pre-tournament predictions to top Group E then sweep defending
champions Spain aside on Monday to set up a last eight clash in Bordeaux.
But as he continues to suffer from a "serious right
thigh injury" picked up in the 2-0 win over 'La Roja' at the Stade de
France, Azzurri team doctor Enrico Castellacci admitted the Roma midfielder is
unlikely to return in time.
"It's a very serious situation," said Castellacci.
"We're trying everything to get him back in time. But we can't give any
The loss of De Rossi is a significant blow for Italy as they
look to secure their first Euros semi-final spot since 2000 when they lost out
in the final to David Trezeguet's golden goal for France.
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Their situation is not helped by the ongoing absence of
Lazio winger Antonio Candreva.
Candreva, one of Italy's top players in their impressive
opening win over Belgium, suffered a hamstring injury in their second group
game, a 1-0 win over Sweden.
Castellacci admitted the player has been "working
really hard" in a bid to win his fitness battle but admitted: "He's
made clear progress, but not enough to warrant his immediate return to the
"He's getting better, but he's not cured yet."
The absence of suspended midfielder Thiago Motta is a
further headache for Conte as Italy look to extend their eight-match unbeaten
record against Germany in major tournaments.For
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