"Bobo's desire to find form has really struck me. He is doing it all by himself with great motivation and character," said Prandelli.

"He never pulls back and yesterday in a fitness test I think he went over the top. We want Vieri to be ready for the whole season, not just a few games, but he is so determined to be back quickly that he's pushing his limits.

"He is a player who sets and example and brings experience," continued Prandelli. "He is even up for the battle in games between ranks, which is a good sign. His consistency surprised me this week, as he never skipped a training session or an exercise. His hunger is spreading to the rest of the squad."