Italy could lose their best forward for Euro 2012

by Lorenzo Bettoni

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
 

Bad news for Italy’s coach Cesare Prandelli, as one of his most talented forward could miss Euro 2012. Antonio Cassano has suffered a small ischemia after AC Milan victory against Roma last Saturday. When it happened the player was with his teammates on the airplane, coming back from Rome to Milan.

After three days of controls and analysis, today AC Milan has declared that the player has suffered a small ischemia due to a problem to heart which will require a surgical operation and at least a stop of 4-6 months.

The news was sadly receipt by Antonio Cassano’s coaches, Massimiliano Allegri (AC Milan) and Cesare Prandely (National team). The first one will lose the forward who was in a wonderful condition and was playing regularly since the beginning of the season. He has scored three goals in 12 appearances. Cesare Prandelli will probably lose him for Euro 2012, even if everything depends on how much time the player will take to come back to the field.

In the best of cases Antonio Cassano will have just 2-3 months to show to Cesare Prandelli that he’s ready for the European competition. The Italian coach is the third Italy coach who has to manage a bad injury of a top player before the beginning of an important tournament such as World Cup or Euro Cup.

In 2002 Giovanni Trapattoni decided to exclude Roberto Baggio from the team of¬†World Cup 2002 and Italy were eliminated at the round of 16 by Korea. After four years Marcello Lippi decided to call Francesco Totti to World Cup 2006. At the end Italy won the World Cup in Germany. In a few months Cesare Prandelli will have to decided if call or not the most talented Italian player. For sure, if Cassano will play well for a few games at the end of the season, even if he won’t be perfectly fit, he will join the team, as Cesare Prandelli has always counted on him even when no one would have done it.

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