• Euro 2012

Chiellini a major doubt for quarter-final

ESPN staff
June 19, 2012
Giorgio Chiellini could miss Italy's quarter-final © PA Photos

Italy are sweating on the fitness of Giorgio Chiellini after the defender sustained a hamstring injury in Monday's 2-0 win versus Republic of Ireland.

Chiellini, 27, limped off in the second half of Italy's triumph against Ireland, with Leonardo Bonucci brought on as his replacement.

The defender now faces a race against time to be fit for Sunday's quarter-final tie - which could be against England, if the Three Lions end up finishing top of Group D.

Italy's team doctor Enrico Castellacci said: "These injuries never have immediate recovery periods, but we'll have to wait for the tests that we conduct in a couple of days."

Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli, however, is optimistic Chiellini could be at his disposal. He said: "I have faith in our great physios and medical staff to get him ready."

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