After six months of injury, Milan’s Marco Materazzi has been called up for Italy’s World Cup squad.
The Rossoneri are set to face Spain in their final group game.
Materazzo, 26, was a regular at the San Siro and has scored two goals in his last five appearances.
Italy coach Antonio Conte has already been impressed with the 26-year-old’s pace, technical ability and finishing ability.
But the Rossonerio are also missing a key defender, who has played just once in the last seven Serie A matches.
Mertens has scored just two goals since his return from a calf injury in mid-August.
With just six days to go before the World Cup, the team have just four games left in the season and are hoping to qualify for the last 16.
“Materazza has a very good physique and he is very strong,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.
“I have always said that the only thing that can stop him is if he gets injured, so I think that he will come here to play.”
The Rossonerios are just three points behind third-placed Juventus in fifth place.