Updates from Tuesday, June 17
The Associated Press (via The Globe and Mail), updated Mattia De Sciglio's status as he recovers from an thigh injury that kept him out of Italy's World Cup opener against England:
Captain Gianluigi Buffon and fullback Mattia De Sciglio have resumed training and Italy is nearing full strength at the World Cup.
Buffon and De Sciglio each missed Italy’s 2-1 win over England on Saturday.
Buffon hurt his left ankle and knee a day before the England game, and De Sciglio had an injured left leg.
Updates from Monday, June 16
Mattia De Sciglio is showing little sign of recovering in time for Italy's World Cup clash with Costa Rica, but doctor Enrico Castellacci is convinced he will still play a part in Brazil.
Castellacci delivered the following update, per Sky Sports:
There is no date yet for his return. Right now he is not in a condition to train with the rest of the squad because you cannot take risks when dealing with muscular injuries.
Mattia was also concerned he might miss the World Cup but once he was reassured that he could play in Brazil, he smiled again.
Updates from Friday, June 13
Signs are looking good for Mattia De Sciglio's long-term World Cup hopes, despite news that he will miss Italy's opener against England with a thigh problem.
David Amoyal, who works alongside respected Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio, provides the following update:
Good sign for De Sciglio's health that Ranocchia is leaving Brazil (he was the reserve)— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) June 13, 2014
Italy were dealt a tough hand before their World Cup opener against England. Full-back Mattia De Sciglio has been ruled out with a thigh injury, per Sky Sports:
"Defender Mattia De Sciglio, after today's (Thursday) training session in Portobello (Mangaritiba), has sustained a muscle strain in his left thigh," Italy team doctor Enrico Castellacci said.
The player underwent this afternoon an MRI at Angra dos Reis and the test has revealed an oedema in his left femoral biceps.
De Sciglio will not be available for the first game against England.
De Sciglio was Cesare Prandelli's best option at left-back, so the coach is scrambling to try and figure out a replacement on such short notice. According to Sky Italia, via Football Italia's Giancarlo Rinaldi, Prandelli is considering moving Giorgio Chiellini to the left and playing Gabriel Paletta at centre-back:
Sky Italia: "With De Sciglio out, Chiellini will shift to left back against England with Paletta joining Barzagli in central defence." Eek!— Giancarlo Rinaldi (@ginkers) June 12, 2014
England offer plenty of speed down the right flank with Raheem Sterling and possibly Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, if he's healthy. Although Chiellini can play on the left, he's a much more natural centre-back, so he could struggle to deal with a pacy winger like Sterling.
This could be a major concern if De Sciglio misses more than just the England match. Twelve days from now, Italy take on Uruguay in their final match in Group D. If Prandelli is still without his first-choice left-back, the Azzurri could be in trouble at the back.