Injury prevents Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco from making Italy return

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco has pulled out of the Italy squad with an injury, two days after he was recalled by coach Antonio Conte following an absence of almost a year.

Giovinco was substituted early in the second half of Saturday's win against Montreal Impact with an adductor muscle injury but still flew to Italy to join the squad.

The Italian football federation confirmed Monday that Giovinco had left the training camp at Coverciano, near Florence, "early in the afternoon" as he was not fit for the upcoming European Champions qualifiers against Malta and Bulgaria.

Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne was called up Sunday night.

Italy hosts Malta in Florence on Thursday before playing Bulgaria in Palermo three days later.

Conte's team is second in Group H, a point behind Croatia and two ahead of Norway.

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