Gilardino vows to win back Italy place

The 29-year-old says that he would love to represent the Azzurri at Euro 2012 and revealed that he is on the verge of returning to action following a calf injury
Genoa forward Alberto Gilardino has expressed his determination to regain his place in the Italy squad in time for the European Championship.

The 29-year-old has been out of action with a calf problem since February 10, and the Rossoblu have struggled in his absence, crashing to three consecutive defeats before salvaging a 2-2 draw against Parma on Saturday.

In an interview with Eurosport Italia, Gilardino said his recovery was progressing well and that he could return to action in the next two weeks.

“I’m working, I am recovering and I hope to return as soon as possible,” he said. “When you have an injury to the calf, you must always be careful.

“I made a gradual recovery during the week and I could join the group soon - then we’ll decide whether to return for Lecce or for the match against Juventus.”

Gilardino also stated his intention to finish the season strongly and regain his place in the national side.

“I lived through the great emotions attached with the Italy shirt and I hope to relive them as soon as possible,” said the 2006 World Cup winner.

“When I’m back to normal, I will have to prove that I deserve to wear the blue shirt by May 13 [when the Serie A season ends].”

Genoa are 13th in the Serie A table with 31 points and will travel to Lecce on Sunday.