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Italy blow as Buffon out 'indefinitely'

IRENE, South Africa (AFP) - Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will be out of action for an indefinite period with a back injury, the world champions said on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old was replaced at half-time in Italy's World Cup opener in Cape Town on Monday, a 1-1 draw against Paraguay.

"He has a bad sciatic problem. We cannot say when he will be able to play again," said an Italian Football Federation statement.

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Maradona5061d ago

poor Italy. A great man to have in the goal.

20legend5061d ago

could be a fatal blow for Italy! their defence is so good because of Buffon's communication skills and he spreads security and is also important when starting an attack! the best keeper in the world!

shadowraiden5060d ago

amazimg gk gives confidence to rest of the team will be a massive blow come later stages

skynidas5060d ago

Buffon sucks anyways...