Italy loses 3 more players ahead of final qualifier
The second-place team goes into the playoffs in March.Italy failed to qualify for the last World Cup following a playoff loss to Sweden.
Italy lost three more players ahead of its final World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland.
Four other Italian players withdrew from the squad earlier in the week because of injury: captain and defender Giorgio Chiellini, forward Ciro Immobile, and midfielders Nicolò Zaniolo and Lorenzo Pellegrini.
Only the first-place finisher gets a direct spot at next year's tournament in Qatar. The second-place team goes into the playoffs in March.
Italy failed to qualify for the last World Cup following a playoff loss to Sweden.
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