By Associated Press
Published: 14:20 BST, 1 September 2017 | Updated: 14:20 BST, 1 September 2017
Italy's preparations for a World Cup qualifier against Spain have taken a big hit following an injury to top defender Giorgio Chiellini.
The Italian football federation says Chiellini injured his right ankle in training on Friday morning and left the team, meaning he will miss both the game in Spain and another qualifier against Israel on Tuesday.
Italy play Spain in Madrid in a match that is likely to decide which team qualifies automatically from Group G.
Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out of the