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The centre-back has made the difficult decision to stay with the national team...

Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro has decided to remain in South Africa ahead of Italy's crucial match against Brazil, despite the death of his grandfather, as reported by Goal.com Italia.

The Azzurri captain deliberated whether he should return to the peninsula for some time, but has opted to continue to train with his team-mates at the Confederations Cup.

Italy lie in a precarious position after losing 1-0 to Egypt on Thursday and now have a high-profile match against Brazil to contend with on Sunday that will decide their fate in tandem with the African champions' result against the United States, who still have a slim chance of advancing.

The 35-year-old missed his side's first match against the United States, but was one of the bright spots upon his return, despite a poor result in Johannesburg.

He is still expected to be in the starting XI against the South Americans, despite the unfortunate passing of his relative.

Adam Scime, Goal.com




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