Andrea Pirlo is a midfielder known for his unique style on the field.
The 31-year-old Pirlo is an extremely crafty goal scorer and was an integral part of the 2006 World Cup. In that tournament he contributed with goals and assists in various match-ups.
This year, unfortunately, he is out early in the tournament and will need to be replaced.
Two possible replacements have emerged, and today marks the first time they can show why they should replace him.
Palombo is known as a tough and aggressive midfielder. As the captain of his club Sampdoria squad, he has a natural leadership ability that can carry onto the field.
He is an extremely talented athlete, and while he may not have the unique style of Pirlo, he is a passionate player.
Palombo is only 29 and has a motor that could be extremely vital for the Italians. Look for him to get the first crack at replacing him.
The previously mentioned Gattuso could use Pirlo's misfortune to rejuvenate himself. With his style of play and experience, he could help make up for the loss of Pirlo in different ways.
If all else fails, the replacement spot may come down to Montolivo.
He is known for his great vision and understanding of his teammates, as well as his ability to get them the ball. He has great fundamentals, and his straightforward style could only help the Italians.
He is only 25 years old, and his fresh legs and athletic ability could help Italy overcome Pirlo's injury.
If any of these guys can step up and replace him, it would be huge for the depth and confidence of Italy.