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The 36-year-old goalkeepers's injury is not as serious as first thought and there is also good news regarding Mattia De Sciglio, Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Barzagli

Italy have been given a huge boost ahead of their World Cup clash with Costa Rica as captain Gianluigi Buffon returns to training.

The veteran goalkeeper sat out his country's 2-1 victory over England in Manaus on Saturday due to an ankle injury but team doctor Enrico Castellacci confirmed on Monday his hopefulness that Buffon would not miss any further games in Brazil.

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The 36-year-old now appears to be in line for a return in Recife on Friday, with Mattia De Sciglio, Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Barzagli also playing some part in Tuesday's session.

"Good news for Cesare Prandelli," the FIGC announced on its official website. "Buffon, De Sciglio, De Rossi and Barzagli returned from injury and are on the road to recovery."

With all four players available to coach Cesare Prandelli, Italy were able to train together as a full squad for the first time since Buffon suffered his injury on Friday.

“Right after the injury on Friday evening, [Buffon] thought he had to leave the World Cup but now, as time passes, he knows that this isn't the case," said Castellacci.

"He is in therapy and we'll do other checks and, if necessary, other diagnostic tests. We will try to recover him as soon as possible although his health is the priority."

Prandelli, though, may choose to leave the veteran out in order for him to make a full recovery as Italy have one eye on the knockout stages.