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Andrea Barzagli replaced by Davide Astori in Italy squad for upcoming internationals due to injury

The 36-year-old centre-back sustained a dislocated shoulder in Juventus’ 2-1 victory over Chievo on Sunday, leaving the pitch after just five minutes.

Barzagli will consequently sit out the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein in Vaduz next Saturday and the prestigious friendly with Germany at San Siro three days later.

Coach Giampiero Ventura has opted to select Fiorentina defender Astori, an unused substitute in the last month’s qualifiers against Spain and Macedonia, as his replacement.

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