Buffon misses Italy training

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The veteran goalkeeper has picked up a fever and may be rested for his side's final Group E clash against Republic of Ireland at Grand Stade Lille Metropole on Wednesday

Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon sat out training ahead of his side's Euro 2016 Group E clash with Republic or Ireland due to illness.

The Azzurri have already secured top spot in their pool after wins over Belgium and Sweden, with Ireland requiring victory in Lille to stand a chance of joining them in the knockout stages.

Buffon may well be rested for Wednesday's game after coming down with a fever, while Antonio Candreva was also absent from training with his team-mates.

The Lazio midfielder suffered a hamstring injury against Sweden and instead worked individually, meaning he is also likely to miss the Ireland clash.

Conte has already suggested he will use the game against Martin O'Neill's men to give some of his fringe players a chance to shine.