Inter Milan star Alessandro Bastoni has received the green light to feature in this evening’s big tilt between Italy and Switzerland in what will be the first encounter of the Euro 2024 Round of 16.

The Atalanta youth product has been a mainstay at the back for the Azzurri since the start of the tournament.

He started in all three group-stage fixtures, and his contributions were always crucial.

However, many feared the 25-year-old could miss the Round of 16 encounter against the Swiss on Saturday due to a fever.

Nevertheless, there have been positive indications on this front since yesterday. For instance, the defender partially trained with the group on Friday.

So according to Sky Sport Italia via FcInterNews, Bastoni has been cleared to start against Switzerland later today.

This will be a major boost for Luciano Spalletti, especially in the absence of the suspended Riccardo Calafiori.

The source expects Roma defender Gianluca Mancini to replace the young Bologna star.

But while Bastoni managed to recover, his Inter teammate Federico Dimarco won’t make it in time.

The left-back has been dealing with a physical problem that has been hindering him even prior to the previous clash against Croatia. Spalletti confirmed his absence in yesterday’s press conference.

Inter Milan Defender Alessandro Bastoni Ready To Start For Italy Against Switzerland

Therefore, the versatile Matteo Darman will likely replace his Nerazzurri teammate at left-back, while Giovanni Di Lorenzo maintains his spot on the right side.

Inter Milan vice-captain Nicolo Barella will be the driving force in the middle of the park. Nicolo Fagioli and Bryan will line up alongside him.

Finally, Federico Chiesa and Stephan El-Shaarawy will support Gianluca Scamacca up front.

Italy Probable XI (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Mancini, Bastoni, Darmian; Barella, Fagioli, Cristante; Chiesa, Scamacca, El Shaarawy.