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Gilardino eyes Azzurri berth

Injured Genoa forward Alberto Gilardino is determined to regain his Italy place in time for Euro 2012.

Gilardino, 29, has been out of action due to a calf problem since February 10, and Genoa have struggled in his absence, crashing to three consecutive defeats before salvaging a 2-2 draw against Parma on Saturday.

In an interview with Eurosport Italia, Gilardino said his recovery was progressing well and he could return to action in the next two weeks.

“I’m working, I am recovering and I hope to return as soon as possible,” he said.

“When you have an injury to the calf, you must always be careful.”

“I made a gradual recovery during the week and I could join the group soon – then we’ll decide whether to return for Lecce or for the match against Juventus.”

Gilardino also stated his intention to finish the season strongly and regain his place in the national side.

“I lived through the great emotions attached with the Italy shirt and I hope to relive them as soon as possible,” the 2006 World Cup winner said.

“When I’m back to normal, I will have to prove that I deserve to wear the blue shirt by May 13 (when the Serie A season ends).”

Genoa are 13th on the Serie A table and will travel to face Lecce on Sunday.

Wed 29 Feb, 2012
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