Serie A - Chiellini returns to Juventus with ankle problem

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has returned to Turin after Italy decided his ankle problem would rule him out of a friendly match against Brazil and possibly upcoming World Cup qualifier.

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Serie A - Chiellini returns to Juventus with ankle problem
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Spain's David Silva (L) challenges Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during Euro 2012 (Reuters)

Centre-back Chiellini suffered a knock during the 2-0 win over Bologna at the weekend, will miss Thursday’s clash with Brazil, and is also a major doubt for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Malta.

“With physiotherapy his condition has improved, but it is certain that the player is not available for Thursday. He is borderline for Malta,” Italy’s chief doctor Enrico Castellacci said.

Uncapped Milan full-back Mattia De Sciglio is expected to replace Chiellini, who was set to play left-back for the Azzurri.

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