Italy have called up Davide Zappacosta to bolster their defensive options for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Israel.
Zappacosta, 25, joins up with the Azzurri after completing a move from Torino to Chelsea on transfer deadline day.
Italy needed a reinforcement at the back after Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Spain in Madrid saw Leonardo Bonucci booked, meaning he will be suspended against Israel, while Leonardo Spinazzola suffered a late injury.
Zappacosta will immediately join up with Italy for training on Sunday afternoon in preparation for the game in Reggio Emilia.
— Italy (@azzurri) September 3, 2017
Head coach Giampiero Ventura was already without Juventus star Giorgio Chiellini.
Right-back Zappacosta has four international caps and has played two games so far in the qualification campaign.
Italy are second in Group G with three games to go, three points adrift of leaders Spain and four in front of third-placed Albania, making a play-off spot the most likely outcome in the race to reach Russia.
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