24.03.2021 12:50 h

'Tired' Kean out of Italy World Cup qualifiers

Italy striker Moise Kean has been ruled out of upcoming World Cup qualifiers because of "fatigue", the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old Kean, who is on loan this season at Paris Saint-Germain from Premier League side Everton, has been released to return to the French club.

"Kean has suffered from a state of fatigue that makes him unavailable for the next matches of the national team against Northern Ireland, Bulgaria and Lithuania," the FIGC said in a statement.

"For this reason, Kean was excluded from the list of the Azzurri squad and this morning he will return to his club Paris Saint-Germain."

Kean, who has scored twice in eight appearances for Italy, tested positive for Covid-19 at the start of March but has played for PSG since then.

Italy play Northern Ireland in Parma on Thursday, followed by Bulgaria three days later and Lithuania on March 31.

Coach Roberto Mancini expects to be able to call on Inter Milan players Alessandro Bastoni, Nicolo Barella and Stefano Sensi on Wednesday after the trio were prevented from joining the team following a coronavirus outbreak in the northern club.