Italy captain Gigi Buffon to miss match against England with ankle injury

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle
Italy captain Gigi Buffon to miss match against England with ankle injury
Italy captain Gigi Buffon to miss match against England with ankle injury

Italy goalkeeper and captain Gigi Buffon has been ruled out of Saturday's Group D opener against England. Talented backup Salvatore Sirigu will replace the 2006 World Cup winner, who sprained his ankle during a training session in Manaus.

Italy manager Cesare Prandelli initially said Buffon's injury was "nothing serious," but the Juventus keeper made a statement from his social media accounts backing Sirigu amidst reports that the ankle problem has also affected his knee.

From Football Italia:

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“Good day to everyone...” wrote Buffon on his official Twitter and WhoSay accounts.

“Life is beautiful and I am still indebted to her... It won’t be a missed game or another World Cup missed out to make me change my mind!!!

“Besides, there are many ways to be important, even if you’re not a protagonist on the field... therefore... forza great Salvatore... forza magical lads... FORZA ITALIA, my great love!!!”

Sirigu has had an outstandign season with Ligue 1 champions PSG, but in his last start against England, Italy lost 2-1 in an August 2012 friendly.

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