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Italy defender Andrea Barzagli sent home with heel injury

Associated Press
Sep 02, 2013 at 08:58pm IST

Florence: Italy center back Andrea Barzagli has been ruled out of upcoming World Cup qualifiers with an Achilles injury.

As a replacement, coach Cesare Prandelli called up another Juventus defender, Angelo Ogbonna, for matches against Bulgaria on Friday and the Czech Republic four days later.

Barzagli is the fifth starter ruled out for the Bulgaria match, with forwards Mario Balotelli and Pablo Osvaldo plus midfielder Riccardo Montolivo suspended. Midfielder Claudio Marchisio is also unavailable for both qualifiers with a torn ligament in his right knee.

Italy defender Andrea Barzagli sent home with heel injury

Italy center back Barzagli has been ruled out of upcoming World Cup qualifiers with an Achilles injury.

The Azzurri are top of Group B with 14 points from six games, four more than Bulgaria.

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