Totti withdrawal confirmed
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Totti sustained an injury during Roma's 4-1 victory at the weekend, a game in which he scored two late goals, and he immediately stated he would not be able to make either of the forthcoming internationals.
Despite both Totti and his president Franco Sensi insisting he was not fit, Italian coach Giovanni Trapattoni called him up regardless and ordered him to report with the rest of the squad.
On Tuesday Totti travelled to the Italian side's headquarters in Florence - Coverciano - under protest, to have medical tests. Italian team doctor Andrea Ferretti confirmed that the superstar was not fit and let him return home.
Trapattoni will now have an option to call-up a replacement, with Massimo Maccarone and and Stefano Fiore being touted as the most likely candidates.
Meanwhile, another injury worry for Italy - Filippo Inzaghi, is being fitted with a special boot in Brescia which should enable him to play for The Azzurri over the next week.
Inzaghi will join-up with the rest of the squad on Wednesday.