The defending World Cup champion Italian side just lost center-half and former FIFA World Player of the Year, Fabio Cannavaro for Euro 2008 after an ankle injury suffered in training. Via Sky Sports:
Cannavaro suffered the injury after a training ground collision with team-mate Giorgio Chiellini on Monday.
The influential centre-half lay on the turf for 20 minutes before being carried away on a stretcher and taken to hospital.
The Italian medical staff had been hopeful that Cannavaro’s injury was not serious, but scans have shown up ankle ligament damage.
He will now be forced to sit out the upcoming European Championship, with the length of his absence yet to be determined.
Though the Italian Football Federation has yet to confirm Cannavaro’s absence, the 34-year-old told reporters: “I’m going home.”
This is a crucial blow for Italy, who open their group play on June 9th. Add Cannavaro to the list of notable players like Eduardo and Tomas Rosicky that won’t be in Austria/Switzerland.