The Torino midfielder has received the call to join the senior Italy side.
Marco Benassi who was coached by Ventura during his time at Torino, also received a call up to Antonio Conte’s preliminary squad before the UEFA Euros last summer.
The FIGC (Italy FA) released a statement officializing the call.
“Riccardo Montolivo underwent some fitness examinations this morning after being forced off the pitch through injury just half an hour into the match against La Roja and, unfortunately, he will have to leave the squad and return to his club later today. In his place, Gian Piero Ventura has called up Torino midfielder Marco Benassi who has left the U-21s’ training camp and will join up with the senior squad at the end of their afternoon training session before they leave for Macedonia tomorrow.”