Italy pick injured Castrogiovanni
Martin Castrogiovanni (File)
Milan - Injured prop Martin Castrogiovanni was surprisingly included in Italy's squad on Monday for the remaining Six Nations matches against Wales and Scotland.
Castrogiovanni, who has 84 caps, broke a rib in Italy's 19-15 loss to England and was expected to miss the rest of the tournament.
Italy coach Jacques Brunel is hopeful the Leicester player will be fit in time for the final match against Scotland.
Racing Metro winger Mirco Bergamasco was also included in the 31-man squad and could make his 86th Test appearance after recovering from a shoulder operation following the World Cup.
Brother Mauro Bergamasco will miss the rest of the Six Nations after being cited for dangerous play for punching Ospreys scrumhalf Rhys Webb. He has been replaced in the squad by Manoa Vosawai.
Carlo Del Fava is in the squad, along with the uncapped Francesco Minto in place of the injured Antonio Pavanello and Paul Derbyshire.
Italy are yet to win a game this tournament and visit Wales on March 10 before hosting Scotland a week later.
Forwards: Martin Castrogiovanni, Lorenzo Cittadini, Andrea Lo Cicero, Michele Rizzo, Fabio Staibano, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Tommaso D'Apice, Marco Bortolami, Carlo Del Fava, Quintin Geldenhuys, Cornelius van Zyl, Robert Barbieri, Simone Favaro, Francesco Minto, Sergio Parisse, Manoa Vosawai, Alessandro Zanni.
Backs: Edoardo Gori, Fabio Semenzato, Kristopher Burton, Tobias Botes, Tommaso Benvenuti, Gonzalo Canale, Luca Morisi, Alberto Sgarbi, Mirco Bergamasco, Roberto Quartaroli, Giulio Toniolatti, Giovambattista Venditti, Andrea Masi, Luke McLean.