Chiellini to miss Coppa Italia final but hopes to return in time for Euro 2012

The Italian defender will miss the cup decider against Napoli through injury, but will work hard to be fit in time for the European Championship
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini will miss the Coppa Italia final on Sunday but remains hopeful that he will be able to feature for Italy at Euro 2012.

The 27-year-old sustained a thigh injury in Juventus' 3-1 Serie A victory over Atalanta at the weekend, with coach Antonio Conte stating that the problem will rule him out of the domestic cup final against Napoli.

Earlier on Monday, Italy doctor Enrico Castellacci revealed that Chiellini has suffered a suspected thigh strain, and the full extent of the injury will only be known on Tuesday.

However, the defender has not lost hope about his chances of making Italy's squad for Euro 2012.

"This was certainly not the best way to celebrate the Scudetto victory in front of the club's fans," he wrote on Twitter.

"I was a little bit worried at first, but calmer in the evening.

"Unfortunately, I will not be able to play in the Coppa Italia final, but I am confident about Euro 2012. We will just have to wait a few more days to have a better understanding of the injury."

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli will name his final squad on May 29 after announcing a provisional 31-man list on Sunday.