Giorgio Chiellini, the soul of the Italian BBC, and a guaranteed starter against Spain, has picked up a calf strain in training and will miss the World Cup qualifier at the Bernabéu on Saturday (20:45 CEST).
Chiellini heading back to Turin
Chiellini is heading home to Turin, as he also won't be fit for Italy's next game against Israel on Tuesday.
Italy coach Ventura, who tends to enjoy playing a four man defence, was using the three biggest defensive names in Italian football: Barzagli, Bonucci and Chiellini in training in preparation for the Spain game. Now he'll have to decide whether to go with four at the back, or bring in Rugani in a three man defence.
Italy travel to Spain this Friday before Saturday's crunch match for qualification for Russia 2018.