Italy trained for a blockbuster clash with Spain in the Euro 2020 semi-final, with the mood in the training camp subdued following news that left-back Leonardo Spinazzola has been ruled out due to a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Italy defended like gladiators in their 2-1 win over Belgium in the quarter-finals and there was generous tribute to Spinazzola, who was pictured in tears on a stretcher as he left the field to be replaced by Emerson Palmieri.
"Tests carried out at Rome's Sant'Andrea hospital confirmed the subcutaneous rupture of the left Achilles tendon," the FIGC said in a statement, adding "the player will return immediately" to his club side Roma.
According to Italian media, the 28-year-old could undergo surgery in the coming days in Finland.
The defender will be a big miss for Italy in the remainder of the European Championship. Spinazzola left Italy's training camp near Florence to the applause of the Italy team and management.
"The first important thing is that we're sorry for 'Spina'," said Italy manager Roberto Mancini after the match in Munich.
"He didn't deserve this injury. He was playing extraordinarily well. He was even one of the best in the Euro."
Spinazzola is expected to be replaced by Chelsea defender Palmieri for Tuesday's semi-final against Spain at Wembley as Italy chase a first European title since 1968.