News that Italian centre Luca Morisi has been ruled out of the World Cup will come as a blow to fans after it was revealed yesterday that captain Sergio Parisse's fitness is in doubt.
The 24-year-old Benetton Treviso player suffered a torn ligament in his right knee following the third and final warm up test for the Azzuri against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.
A statement from the Italian Rugby Federation said: "In the coming days the medical staff of the national team and that of Benetton Treviso will define how to manage the accident and the road to recovery.
"[Morisi] will not be available for the Rugby World Cup and a substitute will be identified and made official soon."
His teammate, Argentine-born centre, Gonzalo Garcia, also underwent testing in the Italian camp and has been ruled fit to play following a sprained ankle.
The Zebre centre will continue to train with the national side ahead of the World Cup and will join his team as they head to England this weekend.
It was also announced today that number eight Parisse will not be travelling to England with his team but will join them later in the tournament after having fluid drained from his leg earlier this week.
Italy will begin their World Cup campaign against France on Saturday 19th September in Twickenham.