Torino and the Italian national team have received a major blow with striker Andrea Belotti ruled out for up to a month with a damaged ligament. The 23-year-old is unavailable for the next two World Cup qualifiers for Italy. The 2006 world champions are facing Macedonia and Albania. Besides, the national team could also be involved in the play-offs in order to snatch a place in the 2018 World Cup. The absence of Belotti is a major blow, as the 23-year-old has been one of the top strikers for the national team. He has been able to score four goals in just 11 appearances for Italy, while his record in the Italian Serie A so far this season has been excellent with five in eight matches.
Yet, Belotti suffered an injury to his right knee in the recent 2-2 draw with Hellas Verona. Aside from the absence of the Torino forward, Italy manager Giampiero Ventura will also be without Lorenzo Pellegrini, Daniele De Rossi, and Marco Verratti for the games against Macedonia and Albania.
In order to replace these players, Italy have called up Roberto Inglese, Roberto Gagliardini, Bryan Cristante, and Nicolo Barella for the qualifying matches. Once the internationals conclude, Torino will have to resume the domestic campaign without the Andrea Belotti. The goals from the striker has been a huge part behind Torino making a good start to the season with 12 points from the first seven matches. As a result, they are in the top six and not far away from the Champions League qualifying positions.