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Buffon to miss New Zealand game

June 17, 2010
By Soccernet staff
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been ruled out of the Azzurri's match against New Zealand due to a herniated disc in his back - but they are refusing to rule him out of the tournament.

The world's most expensive goalkeeper was substituted at half-time in Italy's World Cup opener against Paraguay due to the problem, with Federico Marchetti taking his place. Marchetti now looks set to feature against the All Whites in Nelspruit on Sunday.

"The hernia is small, but even a ...

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