Immobile option for Italy

Italy are expected to use a 4-3-3 formation in the Nations League showdown with Portugal, starting Ciro Immobile, Federico Chiesa and Lorenzo Insigne.

The Azzurri are already sure they won’t be relegated after the last-gasp victory away to Poland, so are now on four points from three games.

Portugal have six points from two matches, and still host relegated Poland on November 20, so it is still technically possible Italy could leapfrog them to win Group 3.

Federico Bernardeschi had to pull out of the squad today due to injury, a blow for Coach Roberto Mancini, as he had started the last two games against Ukraine (a friendly) and Poland.

During today’s training session, the Nazionale used a 4-3-3 formation with Chiesa and Insigne flanking Lazio striker Immobile.

It is still possible that Insigne could be restored to the centre-forward role, introducing Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi or Inter man Matteo Politano to the wide position.

In midfield, Jorginho and Marco Verratti are confident of starting, but Cagliari youngster Nicolò Barella faces competition from Roma growing star Lorenzo Pellegrini.

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