Lazio striker Ciro Immobile was in good spirits at the ‘Fratelli Tutti’ event in Formello yesterday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event (via LazioNews24) ahead of the match, the 31-year-old Italian striker first spoke about the initiative, set up with the Vatican to promote inclusivity in football.

It’s lovely! To be chosen by the Pope is exciting and stimulating. A match strongly desired by both him and our president.

Refereeing will be special, but also strange and fun. We will all have fun.

The Lazio star touched on the emotions he felt seeing the homage from the Biancocelesti fans ahead of the match against Juventus.

It’s a crazy award that a player can have beyond all the goals, assists or what happens on the field. 

When your people cheer you on like this it means that you have left something inside, first as a person and then as a player. I will always carry this gesture with me.

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Immobile was not too stressed following the 2-0 defeat to the Bianconeri on Saturday.

I didn’t dislike the performance, only the last pass was missing. We are on the right track.  We are becoming even more of a team. 

The first objective is to do what the coach asks us to do with more carefree attitude. 

Yesterday I spoke to the team at the end of the match and I said that if we continue to have the right spirit we can give our fans great satisfaction. 

It’s obvious that we’re a bit behind, but for us it was fundamental to first find ourselves as a squad and as a team. Now we need a little more consistency.

Finally, Immobile discussed his physical condition and the left calf injury that is currently keeping him sidelined.

Every day I get better and better. If it hadn’t been the calf I probably would have made it, but it’s a particular and delicate muscle. Better not to risk it. 

Tomorrow I’ll have an MRI and at the moment the pain is gone, I’m just a bit scared as it should be. I don’t want to stop again and so there is a bit of caution.

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The 31-year-old Immobile, who is contracted to Lazio until 2026, has been a decisive figure for coach Maurizio Sarri, having scored 10 goals in 11 league appearances so far this season.

His absence was apparent in the Biancocelesti’s 2-0 defeat to Juventus on Saturday, with the idea of using Pedro as a false nine not paying off.