Italy remains hopeful that skipper Sergio Parisse will make a full recover from injury with the Rugby World Cup starting next week. Thirty-six hours after surgery, in which the captain and number eight of the Italian national team underwent drainage of a hematoma in his left calf, Parisse is now in the process of recovery. The 31-year old was injured in Saturday’s 23-19 defeat to Wales in Cardiff but started treatment almost immediately with his club side Stade Francais.
The Italian medical team has remained in regular contact with the French club as Parisse’s progress is tracked. Rome will host a farewell rally on Saturday for the national team but the captain is set to miss this event and catch up with his teammates at a later stage in England. The Azzurri’s communications team has promised further updates on the loose forward’s condition as the clock ticks down to the World Cup.
Italy kicks off its Pool D campaign in England on 19 September against France at Twickenham.