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Gallinari Status Up In Air

12 August 2012
EUROBASKET QUALIFIERS

8. Danilo Gallinari (Italy)
Uncertainty surrounds Italy's start to the EuroBasket Qualification Round, as forward Danilo Gallinari is not yet fully fit

Italy are hoping to have Danilo Gallinari available for Wednesday's EuroBasket Qualification Round opener against Portugal in Sassari, Sardinia.

The Denver Nuggets forward has missed all of Italy's preparation games this summer.

Gallinari has struggled with a back problem and a right shoulder injury and has been out of action for 20 days.

Italy lost 72-70 against Croatia in Porec on Friday for just their second defeat in eight preparation games this summer.

Simone Pianigiani's side had prevailed 78-70 last week against Croatia in Trieste.

Emporio Armani small forward Niccolo Melli, meanwhile, has been struggling with various knocks and is unlikely to feature for the Azzurri.

The 21-year-old has left the team's training camp.

A statement from the federation read: "Melli will continue the program he is currently undergoing and will be re-evaluated by the national team medical staff.

"In the meantime, the medical staff of Emporio Armani will keep the national team informed of Melli's clinical condition."

The Italians are in Group F alongside Turkey, the Czech Republic, Belarus and the Portuguese.

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