Lippi ponders changes

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Italy coach Marcello Lippi is toying with the idea of changing his formation for the final group game against Czech Republic.

Though the Azzurri started their World Cup challenge with an impressive 2-0 win over Ghana, they could only muster a 1-1 draw with nine-man USA on Saturday.

Lippi was furious with his team after the game and reports in Italy suggest he will ring the changes for Thursday's Group E clash with the Czechs.

The Italy chief will have to make one enforced alteration, with Daniele De Rossi suspended after being sent off against USA for elbowing Brian McBride.

Fellow midfielder Simone Perrotta is also doubtful for the match in Hamburg, while there are concerns over the fitness of attacking duo Francesco Totti and Luca Toni.

Totti is still coming back from a lengthy injury absence, while Toni has looked a shadow of the player who rattled in over 30 goals in Serie A last season.

The situation is causing Lippi to mull over his options, with a switch to 4-4-2 mooted for the key tussle with Czech Republic.

If Lippi opts to alter his tactics, then Mauro Camoranesi and Gennaro Gattuso are due to come into the team, with Toni making way.

Alternatively, should the Azzurri coach stick with his 4-3-3 line-up, then Filippo Inzaghi or Vincenzo Iaquinta are due to replace Toni in the side.