Pirlo erases fitness doubts
Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo eased fears about his fitness as he returned to training after missing Wednesday's session.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 07/06/12 2:18pm
Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo eased fears about his fitness as he returned to training on Thursday after missing Wednesday's session.
The 33-year was absent from the practice field on Wednesday as the team were put through their paces due to concerns over a bruised calf.
However, he has now laid to rest any fears over his condition and will be in line to play in the Group C opener against Spain on Sunday.
Cagliari defender Davide Astori has been drafted into the squad this week as cover for Andrea Barzagli, as the Juve player also battles against a calf strain.
A decision will be made on his fitness on Friday.
Meanwhile, Hungarian official Viktor Kassai will take charge of the Azzurri's opening Group C game in Euro 2012.
Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli has been handed Monday's tie between France and England.