Last Updated: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:10
Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo is set to be handed a rare start for Italy in their World Cup qualifier in Denmark on Friday.
The Azzurri have already qualified for next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil, but coach Cesare Prandelii has named a full strength 23-man squad for the Group B game in Copenhagen.
However with Mario Balotelli battling to shake off a slight niggle, while Giuseppe Rossi and Lorenzo Insigne are also not fully fit, it paves the way clear for Osvaldo to stake his claim for a regular place in the side.
Osvaldo, who has scored three times for Italy in nine appearances, has struggled to maintain a regular place in the squad since making his debut in the 3-0 victory over Northern Ireland exactly two years ago to the day.
Prandelli left him out of the following summer's Euro 2012 squad, while Osvaldo's falling out with Roma coach Aurelio Andreazzoli during the 1-0 loss to Lazio in the Coppa Italia final resulted in him being kicked out of Italy's Confederations Cup squad in the summer.
But his big-money move to St Mary's appears to have given Osvaldo a new lease of life and he will hope to impress on the international stage with a view to being considered for the World Cup next year.
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