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Italy’s injury woes

Mangaratiba: Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and fullback Mattia De Sciglio are still injured, and it’s not clear whether either will return in time for Friday’s World Cup match against Costa Rica.

Italy physician Enrico Castellacci said: “I really can’t offer a precise prognosis. It’s going to be on day-to-day basis, whether they play or not.”

Both players missed the 2-1 win over England on Saturday.

Italy’s injury list got longer as midfielder Daniele De Rossi sat out training on Monday with neck pain.

Also, centre back Andrea Barzagli worked out individually to rest the various aches and pains he has struggled with for months.

Buffon hurt his left ankle and knee slightly during the final pre-match training session and De Sciglio strained a leg muscle.

Castellacci says that for Buffon he is “optimistic for a fairly quick recovery,” while De Sciglio is still not in condition to train.

Salvatore Sirigu replaced Buffon against England and Giorgio Chiellini played for De Sciglio at left back.

“Gigi [Buffon] has had a specific trauma, which is not your usual sprained ankle,” Italy’s team doctor Enrico Castellacci said.

“It has affected the knee but, fortunately, the knee ligament is fine. His condition will be evaluated. He is having specific therapy and we will decide whether or not to do some x-rays. We will try to have him available as soon as possible.

“We are optimistic that he will have a speedy recovery, but his health comes first. ”