With Serio Parisse currently injured, Marco Bortolami has seen his international career prospects improve considerably over recent times after regaining the captaincy for the Azzurri. However, he has now been dealt a huge blow, after it was revealed that the 31-year-old would miss the next four months following surgery on his shoulder.
Bortolami was the regular captain for the Azzurri up to 2008, before it was then decided to hand the armband to the promising Parisse. Many people thought that the decision was harsh on Bortolami, who had certainly led an improvement in fortunes during his reign. With Parisse currently on the treatment table, Bortolami was given the armband again as the Italians took on Argentina last month. However, it now appears as though that occasion will be the last for a very long time, with the lock now on the road to recovery after surgery.
Bortolami’s injury actually came in the game against Argentina, where he dislocated his shoulder following a robust challenge. He was immediately penned in for surgery and while the Italian Rugby Federation has confirmed that this has been a success, it’s estimated that the former Padua man still need around four months to recover. With Sergio Parisse tipped to recover from his injury by the end of the summer, he is certain to regain the armband upon his return.
Should all go to plan, Bortolami should at least manage to return to action in November. This would be a massive boost for the Italians, as they prepare to face the likes of Australia, Tonga and New Zealand through that month.