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Cancer survivor Acerbi among 14 more players named by Italy coach Conte for Albania match

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MILAN — Italy coach Antonio Conte now has a squad of 40 for next week's friendly against Albania after calling up another 14 players on Friday.

Sassuolo defender Francesco Acerbi could be in line for his Italy debut after twice battling back from testicular cancer.

PHOTO: Italian national soccer team's coach Antonio Conte watches his players, during a training session with the team at the Coverciano Training Center, near Florence, central Italy, Monday, Nov.10, 2014. Italy will play Croatia in Milan on Sunday in a Euro2016, Group H, qualifying round soccer match. It's the first time that the Azzurri coach Antonio Conte has included Balotelli since taking over from Cesare Prandelli after Italy's first-round elimination from the World Cup. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Giovannozzi)
Italian national soccer team's coach Antonio Conte watches his players, during a training session with the team at the Coverciano Training Center, near Florence, central Italy, Monday, Nov.10, 2014. Italy will play Croatia in Milan on Sunday in a Euro2016, Group H, qualifying round soccer match. It's the first time that the Azzurri coach Antonio Conte has included Balotelli since taking over from Cesare Prandelli after Italy's first-round elimination from the World Cup. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Giovannozzi)

Sampdoria striker Stefano Okaka, Cagliari defender Luca Rossettini and Genoa midfielder Stefano Sturaro could also make their first international appearances.

Domenico Criscito returns to the squad as does Alessandro Matri after more than two years out of the national team.

The players will join up with the other 26 in the squad by midnight on Sunday, after the 2016 European qualifying match against Croatia in Milan.

Tuesday's match will be held at the Luigi Ferraris stadium in Genoa, to aid the port city's recovery from devastating flooding.

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