Injured El Shaarawy out of friendly

Italy striker Stephan El Shaarawy has been ruled out of Friday's friendly with San Marino.

Stephan El Shaarawy and Mario Balotelli of Italy

The AC Milan star sustained a minor ankle problem in training yesterday and will not be risked in Bologna and is instead targeting a place in the side for next week's World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic.

Italy team chief medical officer Enrico Castellacci told www.figc.it: "As expected tests did not show any major problems so we hope for a speedy recovery.

"We will decide together on when to reintegrate him back in the squad because we have some very important objectives. The goal is a full recovery for the match in Prague."

El Shaarawy's club team-mate Mario Balotelli could feature on Friday after Castellacci reported a small muscle strain in the back was "nothing to worry about".



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