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Italy head coach Roberto Mancini will likely not call upon the services of Marco Verratti for the Euro 2020 Group A match against Switzerland.

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder missed the opening match of the tournament against Turkey and is still battling back to full fitness due to a knee problem.

He could be involved in the final fixture against Wales, but Mancini will need to be careful about reintroducing him too soon with Italy looking likely to reach the knockout stages.

Italy didn’t miss Verratti in their opening game too much, either, as the Azzurri swept aside Turkey with a comfortable 3-0 victory on Friday evening, with an own-goal from Merih Demiral and strikes from Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne sealing all three points.

That pair will be part of the front three once again for Italy, with the final place on the right-hand side up for grabs between Domenico Berardi and Federico Chiesa. Mancini will probably go with the former again.

With Verratti not likely to start that will mean a place in midfield for Manuel Locatelli again alongside Jorginho and Nicolo Barella.

Leonardo Spinazzola was fantastic against Turkey and will retain his spot at left-back, with veterans Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci partnering in the middle.

There could be a change at right-back, however, as Alessandro Florenzi was forced off at half-time against Turkey due to a calf issue. His replacement at the break, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, will therefore be recalled to the starting XI.

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