Tacchi Will Not Start For Italy. (1 Viewer)

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Aug 25, 2003
Alessio Tacchinardi is the latest casualty for tonight’s game with Wales, but Simone Perrotta may make a remarkable recovery to start.

“I won’t risk Tacchinardi if he has a fitness problem,” revealed Giovanni Trapattoni this morning.

“Cristiano Zanetti and Perrotta are now favourites to play in central midfield, with Gennaro Gattuso as a very valid alternative to be considered.”

Juventus midfielder Tacchinardi was drafted in to replace Perrotta after the Chievo man suffered a bruised foot during training.

However, yesterday’s session saw Tacchinardi limp off with a thigh problem and put his presence in doubt.

Tests have confirmed there is no lasting damage, but Trap has no intention of taking any chances.

It is a bitter blow for the former Under-21 international, as he only recently earned a recall after a year in the wilderness.

Instead, Perrotta has made a remarkable recovery from his own injury to perhaps take part in tonight’s Euro 2004 qualifier.

Milan star Gattuso is on stand-by for two different roles now, as Zanetti is also not 100 per cent fit.

Italy Probable: Buffon; Panucci, Cannavaro, Nesta, Zambrotta; Camoranesi, Perrotta, Zanetti, Del Piero; Inzaghi, Vieri

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