Back Woes for Buffon at World Cup

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010  |  Updated 10:45 AM CDT
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Back Woes for Buffon at World Cup

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CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 11: Gianluigi Buffon of Italy in action during an Italy training session at the 2010 FIFA World Cup on June 11, 2010 in Centurion, South Africa.

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Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has a herniated disk, putting the rest of his World Cup at risk. Team physician Enrico Castellacci said Wednesday the recovery period would "not be brief," adding it was impossible to set a specific return date.

Buffon exited after the first half of Italy's 1-1 draw with Paraguay on Monday and was replaced by backup Federico Marchetti. He underwent an MRI at a hospital in Pretoria on Wednesday. The defending champions next face New Zealand on Sunday, then out Group F play against Slovakia four days later.

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