The Juventus midfielder Alessandro Costa has been ruled out of Italy’s next World Cup qualifier with Slovenia due to a flu virus, according to reports.
It will be Costa’s fourth consecutive World Cup for the Rossoneri after scoring in all three group matches.
However, he will be unable to play against Slovenia, who have been eliminated from the competition.
“Costa has been diagnosed with the flu, but we cannot play him against the Slovenian team,” Juventus’ head coach Giuseppe Marotta told Radio Marche.
The 23-year-old was originally expected to start, but was substituted at half-time when he picked up a flu.
Costa is expected to be back in action against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, which will be the first of two games in two weeks.
The Italy international is currently sidelined with a groin strain.
Italy are without a win in their last six matches, with the team currently in fifth place in the Serie A table.
If Costa is unable to go, he joins Italy’s previous World Cup qualifying hero Andrea Pirlo, who was sidelined with the virus in April 2014.