Juventus defender, Giorgio Chiellini, insists that he will have recovered from a thigh injury in time for the start of Euro 2012, but accepts that he will have to sit out the pre-tournament friendlies against Luxembourg and Russia.
The 27-year-old sustained a right thigh strain in Juve's final game of the Serie A season, on 13th May, and was told that he would be facing up to three weeks on the sidelines.
"I will be ready at the right time", said Chiellini. "If I don't take part in the two friendly games prior to the tournament, then it will be as a precautionary measure. I want to be ready to take on Spain, on 10th June, and I will be."
Chiellini helped Juventus clinch this season’s Serie A title, featuring in 34 of the club’s 38 games, as they finished with the best defensive record in the division, conceding only 20 goals.
He has made more than 200 appearances for Juve since moving to Turin from Fiorentina, seven years ago.
When Italy coach, Cesare Prandelli, announced his preliminary squad for the action in Poland and Ukraine, he issued a warning to all of his players that fitness was one of his main concerns.
When confirming that he will announce his final 23-man squad on 28th May, Prandelli said: "We have been very clear with all the players. We cannot allow players that are not 100 per cent fit [to play] because we don't have the time for them to recover.”
Italy are currently a 14/1 bet to take the gold in Poland and the Ukraine, this summer, according to the Italy Euro 2012 betting page. If your allegiances lie in Northern Europe, visit the Betfair Netherland Euro 2012 odds website for betting advice on Oranje.