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Andrea Pirlo hit by injury setback

June 4, 2010
By Soccernet staff
Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo has emerged as a doubt for the World Cup finals after sustaining a calf injury.

Pirlo, who played such an influential role in Italy's triumph four years ago in Germany, suffered the problem in a 2-1 friendly defeat at the hands of Mexico on Thursday night.

"Pirlo's is an injury that worries me, but luckily we have time," Italy's doctor Enrico Castellacci told ANSA. "Everybody reacts in a different way and Pirlo will be monitored day by day."

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