Soccer

Barzagli out of Italy friendly against Nigeria

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli is injured and out of the Italy squad for the friendly against Nigeria in London on Monday and could also miss his club's next Serie A match.

Barzagli was replaced 19 minutes from the end of Italy's 1-1 draw against Germany on Friday after hurting his left thigh and has returned to his club. Barzagli underwent a scan on Saturday which Juventus says "has revealed a pectineus muscle strain."

The club adds "the extent of the injury will be assessed over the coming days." Juventus travels to Livorno next Sunday. The two-time defending champion is second in the league and has closed the gap on leader Roma to one point.

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