Udinese goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis has been added to Italy's squad ahead of their Euro 2008 qualifier against Scotland.
The Azzurri's established number one Gianluigi Buffon is currently struggling following a stomach upset and coach Roberto Donadoni is not keen to take any chances.
The Juventus shot stopper missed training for the second day in a row on Monday and Donadoni has reacted by calling on De Sanctis.
The Udinese man - who just missed out on making Italy's victorious World Cup squad - will act as Christian Abbiati's deputy if Buffon fails to recover in time for the game in Bari.
Italy are desperate to record a win as they currently lie five points behind Group B co-leaders Scotland and France - albeit with a game in hand.
Donadoni has now hit out at the Italian media for prematurely judging his side after a slow start to qualifying.
"If results do not arrive, it is right to criticise and draw conclusions," Donadoni said in a press conference.
"Let this national team play. I don't understand because there are trials before things happen.
"I'm not angry, but I don't want my education to be confused with a lack of guts.
"I felt a certain longing for the past, and I don't agree with this."