Nesta unlikely to return for Italy

Updated: 30 May 2007 11:03 IST

It appears Alessandro Nesta will not play for Italy again.

Florence, Italy:

It appears Alessandro Nesta will not play for Italy again.

The defender is sitting out upcoming European Championship qualifiers because he is getting married, but coach Roberto Donadoni indicated Tuesday that Nesta has no plans to return.

"I'm trying to be optimistic although to tell the truth, it seems like he's made a definitive choice," Donadoni said.

Nesta hasn't played for Italy since injuring his right thigh in the third game of Italy's World Cup run last year. He underwent shoulder surgery on Dec. 4 and returned to help AC Milan win the Champions League last week.

"Everyone has to make their choices," Donadoni said. "Nesta is a great soccer player and I'm always available for him."

Playmaker Francesco Totti also hasn't played for Italy since the World Cup, and likely won't return until next season, after he has a metal support rod removed from his surgically repaired left ankle.

Totti played this entire season for AS Roma with the rod inside his leg and led Serie A with 26 goals.

"When he's well I'll evaluate the situation," Donadoni said. "For me, playing with the national team was my biggest ambition and I never liked being excluded."

Topics : Football Bayern Munchen
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