Italy boss Mancini confirms Jorginho picked up knee injury in Chelsea training

Italy manager Roberto Mancini has explained why Chelsea star Jorginho has not been called-up to the Azzurri squad for the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign.

The former Manchester City boss named as many as 38 players for the World Cup qualifiers a few days ago.

While Emerson Palmieri has made the list, his Chelsea teammate Jorginho, who has been a regular starter under Mancini, surprisingly has not.

Interestingly, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel did not mention anything about Jorginho’s injury issue in the last few days.

But the 29-year-old was not in the matchday squad in their 2-0 win over Sheffield United on Sunday.

It certainly raised a few eyebrows since Jorginho already missed out on the Atletico Madrid win prior to that due to suspension.

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Mancini has now explained that the decision to exclude Jorginho from his squad was due to a knee injury.

“As regards to the midfielders, we are really in a bit of difficulty in the centre,” he said in his press conference on Monday (via Washington Post).

“We’re missing Jorginho, who wasn’t well.

“He’d taken a knock to the knee and he wasn’t fit to play in these games so we didn’t risk him.”

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Chronicle view

Since Tuchel did not even mention it in his press conference, hopefully it is only a small injury, and Jorginho can recover during the international break.

The former Napoli ace has been an integral part of Tuchel’s plan, having started in 10 of Chelsea’s 14-game unbeaten run under the new manager.

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