Ogbonna picked as Chiellini cover
Italy Ogbonna gets Italy call as cover for doubtful Chiellini Ryan Benson 21:00 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Italy Argentina v Italy England v Italy Friendlies SPAL v Juventus Juventus Serie A The Juventus defender suffered a muscle injury during the club’s draw with SPAL on Saturday, and the West Ham centre-back has been drafted in as cover West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna has been called up to the Italy squad as cover for the doubtful Giorgio Chiellini ahead of upcoming international friendlies.Chiellini was forced off late on in Juventus’ Serie A stalemate with SPAL on Saturday after suffering a muscular injury.Although Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri did not expect it to be a serious problem, a medical update is yet to be provided by the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The 33-year-old is now a doubt for Italy’s pending friendlies against Argentina and England, with Ogbonna called up by interim coach Luigi Di Biagio in case the 96-cap veteran is unable to feature in either contest.Ogbonna has played 24 times for West Ham in the Premier League this season and will hope to add to his 13 senior caps.Indeed, the defender revealed his desire to return to the national team in February, telling the club’s website: “Of course, I wish to come back to the national team,” he told the official West Ham website.“I would love to play for Italy again, but for now West Ham is more important than anything else because we need a lot of points to get safe.”Ogbonna last played for Italy in 2016, in a 3-1 win over Israel.