Italy's Chiellini a major doubt for Euro quarter-final

Reuters, Tuesday 19 Jun 2012

Chiellini unlikely to recover from thigh injury before Sunday's match with Sweden, could miss rest of tournament

Giorgio Chiellini
Italy's Giorgio Chiellini (2nd R)) is assisted by medical personel as he leaves the pitch after the injury during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Ireland at the City stadium in Poznan, June 18, 2012. (Photo: REUTERS)

Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini is a major doubt for their Euro 2012 quarter-final in Kiev on Sunday and perhaps even the rest of the tournament after suffering a thigh problem.

"The first tests are not great," Italy coach Cesare Prandelli told a news conference on Tuesday when asked if Chiellini could miss the rest of the competition.

"I don't know, we will see."

Chiellini suffered the injury in Monday's 2-0 Group C win over Ireland and was replaced by fellow centre back Leonardo Bonucci.

"Tomorrow I will have some tests to better check the injury but you can be certain that I will do everything to return as soon as possible," Chiellini said on Twitter.

Italy will play whoever wins Group D with France currently in pole position ahead of England and co-hosts Ukraine before Tuesday's final round of matches.

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