World Cup 2010: Italy Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon To Have Back Surgery

Nazionale number one needs surgery...
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will have surgery after the World Cup to cure his herniated disc, according to Tuttosport.

Buffon, who suffered the injury during a warm up session before the Paraguay clash, is unlikely to play any further part in the tournament, despite slim hopes he can recover.

And he will go under the knife once la Nazionale return from South Africa. It is said the process will keep him out for at least four months, leaving Juventus to find cover in Marco Storari from Milan.

The Bianconeri medical staff are keeping in close contact with the Azzurri as they follow developments from Irene.

Meanwhile, the rest of the squad will have a pre-match training session at 11:00 CET before they leave Johannesburg at 17:30 as they head to Nelspruit for Sunday's clash against New Zealand.

Coach Marcello Lippi will hold a press conference later.

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