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World Cup 2010: Italy Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon Hopes He Can Recover From Injury As He Aims For The Final

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has spoken of his hopes to recover and play a part at the World Cup, keeping his fingers crossed that the Azzurri go all the way.

A source of hope has empowered the goalkeeper as he holds strength and belief in relation to his spinal disc herniation.

Buffon has summed up his confidence and hopes to achieve a full recovery, despite being told by doctors there is no timescale over returning to full fitness.

"I hope I can make it even though it will be tough. But I have to for Italy. I want the final," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

There were some broken suggestions in the Italian press that Buffon was ready to head back to Italy to focus on his recovery.

But he insists he wants to stay in South Africa to be close to the team, regardless of his injury.

"I would never say no to Italy. They would have to kick me out," he concluded.

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