Former Italian international Pelle not match fit, says Shandong Luneng coach

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DALIAN, China, July 24 (Xinhua) — Former Italian international Graziano Pelle will not start in Shandong Luneng’s season opener against Dalian FC on Sunday as he is not match-fit after just completing quarantine, head coach of the Shandong side Li Xiaopeng said on Friday.

The 35-year-old Italian joined up with the Shandong Luneng on Thursday afternoon after completing the mandatory 14-day quarantine, and Li will put him on the bench when his side faces the Dalian team.

“I found he did not put on weight, but he will not start on Sunday. Currently, only two foreign players can start, they are Marouane Fellaini and Moises who have been training with the team,” he said.

Fellaini, who was found to have contracted the COVID-19 in late March when he came back to China, recovered in mid-April. Enditem

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