Published On: Mon, Jun 23rd, 2014

Italy match with Uruguay issued weather warning

Italy’s final training session was held under water, as the heavens opened in Natal prior to their crucial Group D match against Uruguay.

The weather is expected to be just as bad for the game tomorrow amidst talk of a possible abandonment, though these claims have now been hotly refuted.

From the session only Daniele De Rossi was missing, as the Roma midfielder nurses a pull to his calf and is not expected to be fit for the tie.  There were also minor concerns with keeper Salvatore Sirigu who immediately stopped after feeling a twinge, though it is not thought to be anything serious.

Most notable was the Mario Balotelli/Ciro Immobile partnership used during the practice match at the end, in what is expected to be the strike partnership to be fielded tomorrow against La Celeste.

The coach has also hinted that the formation will revert to a 3-5-2, last used in 2013 during the semi final against Spain in the Confederations Cup which ended 0-0.

The Italians eventually succumbed to the Spaniards on a penalty shootout.

About the Author

Enzo Misuraca

- Class of ’72, I have been involved in football since the age of seven when i received my first ever Panini football sticker album. A fan of Roma and still shudder to this day at the thought of Bruce Grobbelaar and his ‘elastic legs’ during the1984 European Cup final penalty shootout. Oh and i think I love La Nazionale more than i love my wife (only joking sweetie….). As an FA Qualified football coach I manage a regional senior team in Hertfordshire, UK. Hung up my own playing boots in 2010, but still turn out for an over 35s team…I just cant help myself. Follow me on @enzom_fif




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