hard blow for Italy, Tonali forfeits against Ukraine

By Le Figaro with AFP

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Sandro Tonali will not play against Ukraine. Maurizio Borsari / PANORAMIC

The Newcastle midfielder will be missed at the Nazionale for this crucial match.

Italy, reigning European champion but in a delicate position in the race to qualify for Euro 2024, will face Ukraine on Tuesday (8:45 p.m.) in Milan without Newcastle midfielder Sandro Tonali.

Tonali, 23, does not appear on the list of 23 players selected by coach Luciano Spalletti published on Tuesday at midday by the Italian Football Federation. The Italian coach is already deprived due to injury of attackers Federico Chiesa, who was withdrawn before the trip to Skopje, and Matteo Politano, as well as defender Gianluca Mancini.

The reason for Tonali’s absence is not specified. According to the Italian press, he suffers from a muscular problem which could also deprive him of Newcastle’s next matches, including the one counting for the first day of the Champions League against AC Milan, his former club, on September 19. Spalletti, who succeeded Roberto Mancini last month, started Tonali against North Macedonia last Saturday (1-1).

Before receiving Ukraine, Italy is 3rd in Group C with four points in three matches. She is nine points behind the English leader and three behind Ukraine, who have however played two matches and one match more than her respectively.

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