Montolivo replaces injured De Rossi

ROME - Marcello Lippi has called up Fiorentina midfielder Riccardo Montolivo to replace Roma's Daniele De Rossi for friendlies against the Netherlands and Sweden, the Italian Football Federation said on Monday.

AS Roma said De Rossi needed surgery on a fractured cheekbone after clashing with Patrick Vieira in the first half of their 1-1 draw at Serie A leaders Inter Milan on Sunday.

World champions Italy take on the Netherlands in Pescara on Saturday before facing Sweden in Cesena four days later.