Alessandro Gamberini is thrilled to have linked up with Italy's Euro 2008 squad , but is sorry it came at the expense of Fabio Cannavaro.
Head coach Roberto Donadoni turned to the Fiorentina defender after World Cup 2006 captain Cannavaro suffered an ankle injury in training on Monday.
Gamberini has now joined the Azzurri squad in Maria Enzersdorf near Vienna, although he wishes it could have been in happier circumstances.
"I'm happy to be here, but at the same time I'm really sorry for what happened to Fabio, who is a fundamental element of this side and our leader," said Gamberini.
"I'm pleased he's staying with us: he will give us the right charge.
"I've not come here expecting to play, but I'll do my best in training to give Donadoni something else to think about."