Well, it appears that you can take the kid out of Trigoria but you can't take Trigoria out of the kid. A week after making Roberto Mancini's final roster for Italy's return to major international competition, Lorenzo Pellegrini will miss Euro 2020 thanks to a thigh injury he picked up in a recent training session.
Roma's captain took to Instagram to break the bad news:
Unfortunately, this damn thigh problem will not allow me to play in the Euros.
I feel such disappointment and bitterness right now, but this is also the moment when we must all come together even closer and cheer on this fantastic group of real men who I am sure will give their soul in every game from start to finish.
I believe. Come on lads, come on Italy.
Taking Pellegrini's place is Fiorentina playmaker Gaetano Castrovilli, who was reportedly pulled away from a Seychelles vacation to Rome to join the national team ahead of tomorrow's opening fixture against Turkey.
It's a bitter blow for Roma's captain, who was set to take part in his first major international tournament with Italy, but a summer of rest ahead of another trying campaign in the capital will likely benefit Pellegrini as he preps for life under The Special One, José Mourinho.