By John Askounis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicolo Melli will not play for Italy in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, but two of his teammates are making progress. Danilo Gallinari is now training individually and Luigi Datome joined his teammates but is still restricted in terms of fully participating in practices, per La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Both players will miss today’s scrimmage versus Venezuela and the upcoming Acropolis International Tournament set to take place between August 16th and August 18th at Athens. However, Datome is set to take part in the last friendlies at China and Gallinari to be ready for the start of the World Cup.
The Azzurri will be part of Group D at Foshan, China. They will battle the Philippines on August 31st, Angola on September 2nd and Serbia on September 4th. First and second place lead to the second round, third and fourth to classification matches.
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