Pirlo erases fitness doubts

Italy coach to make decision on Barzagli's fitness on Friday

Andrea Pirlo: Italy welcome back playmaker as opening game against Spain nears

Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo eased fears about his fitness as he returned to training on Thursday after missing Wednesday's session.

The 33-year was absent from the practice field on Wednesday as the team were put through their paces due to concerns over a bruised calf.

However, he has now laid to rest any fears over his condition and will be in line to play in the Group C opener against Spain on Sunday.

Cagliari defender Davide Astori has been drafted into the squad this week as cover for Andrea Barzagli, as the Juve player also battles against a calf strain.

A decision will be made on his fitness on Friday.

Meanwhile, Hungarian official Viktor Kassai will take charge of the Azzurri's opening Group C game in Euro 2012.

Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli has been handed Monday's tie between France and England.