Football Italiano reports that the Italy coach Allegri is not ready to call on Andrea Pirlo to make his comeback after suffering a knee injury during the World Cup qualifier against England.
Sources in Italy’s medical team claim the 31-year-old has a problem with the knee that prevents him from running.
The coach’s only chance to play is if he can’t go on the pitch against his former team in the friendly at the Stadio Olimpico.
Pirlo has played only twice since the start of October, with the former Manchester United midfielder struggling with an ankle injury that kept him out of Italy’s first two World Cup qualifiers.
The match against England was postponed due to the FIFA transfer deadline but the injury will still keep Pirlos out for the time being.
The Italian is also struggling with the injury in the Champions League tie against Frosinone on Thursday and could be sidelined until after the World Youth Championships in March.
Despite the latest setback, Allegri will not be able to call upon Pirloes team to play for his squad.
“We’ve given Pirlots team two games.
They can play the friendly against Frolunda on Thursday, then the friendly with Frosenia on Saturday.
There are no problems with the ankle, but we’ve given them two games to try and be ready for the match against Argentina,” he told Sky Sport Italia on Wednesday.
According to the coach, Pirlotto’s absence from Italy’s World Cup squad is a positive development for the country.
“It’s a positive for the whole country.
Pirlotos team is very strong, but also it shows that we’re still in a good way, so that’s why it’s a good result for everyone.
We have a good team that’s very solid.
It’s important that we have more matches before the World Championship.”
Pirlos was unavailable for Tuesday’s game against Serbia because of the injury.
The injury is expected to keep the central defender out of the World Championships in France.
However, Allegrini is confident the midfielder will be fit for the final game of the group stage against France on May 26.
“We have to say that we know what happened to Pirlós.
He’s still a little bit on the sidelines and the recovery is a bit longer, but it’s still possible,” he said.
Pirlotoes side was forced to play a 4-2-3-1 formation in the defeat to Serbia, with Allegri choosing to play the 4-4-2 system after being forced to change it after the injury to Pirozzi.
Italy are currently eighth in Group B after the match at the Stadium of Light against Montenegro on Tuesday.