Italy's Belotti to miss WC qualifiers against Macedonia, Albania

Published: October 3, 2017


MILAN: Italian international striker Andrea Belotti has been ruled out for four weeks after damaging ligaments in his right knee, his Serie A club Torino confirmed on Monday.

The 23-year-old will miss Italy’s two remaining World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Albania this month, and possibly the play-offs in mid-November.

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Belotti — who has four goals in 11 games for Italy and five in eight games for Torino this season — sprained his right knee during Sunday’s 2-2 Serie A draw against Verona.

Italy have also lost Marco Verratti, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Daniele De Rossi for qualifiers against Macedonia on Friday and Albania next Monday.

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Coach Giampiero Ventura had already called up Chievo striker Roberto Inglese, Inter Milan’s Roberto Gagliardini, Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella and Atalanta’s Bryan Cristante, earning his first Italy call a day after scoring against Juventus.

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