Nocerino ready to step in for De Rossi as Chiellini recovers from injury - report

The combative Roman man has revealed his chances of lining up against die Mannschaft are slim, but his team could well be boosted by the return of the Juventus centre-back
Daniele De Rossi may be forced to watch from the sidelines as Italy take on Germany in the Euro 2012 semi-final, with Anotonio Nocerino ready to line-up in his place, reports Corriere dello Sport.

The Roma midfielder was withdrawn after 80 minutes with a sciatic nerve problem during the defeat of England on Sunday, and has admitted he is not certain of playing a part in the last-four clash in Warsaw.

"It is one thing to walk, another to run," he said to reporters. "But I hope to be there."

His place in the Azzurri midfield could therefore be taken by AC Milan's Nocerino, who replaced him during the win over the Three Lions.

In more positive news for Cesare Prandelli's side, Giorgio Chiellini has returned to training and could be in line to regain his starting berth at the heart of defence.

Ignazio Abate will also have a knock assessed by the medical staff ahead of the game against die Mannschaft, while Christian Maggio will definitely miss out through suspension.