Barzagli ready to return in Italy’s defense
Italy defender Andrea Barzagli is ready to play against Ireland
after missing the opening two matches at the European Championship
with a left calf injury.
Barzagli says he could play on the left or right of center back
Daniele De Rossi in coach Cesare Prandelli’s new three-man defense.
He’ll likely replace Leonardo Bonucci on the right.
Barzagli was injured in a pre-tournament friendly loss to
Coach Cesare Prandelli brought in Cagliari defender Davide
Astori as a possible substitute before the opening match with
Spain, then released Astori after medical exams showed Barzagli had
a chance of returning for the third Group C game against
Italy needs to beat Ireland and hope for help from Spain and
Croatia to advance.