Sunday, 13 June 2010

[WC2010] Italy fly to Cape Town

Holders Italy flew to Cape Town this morning for Monday's World Cup Group F opener against Paraguay but 24th man Andrea Cossu was jetting home.

The Cagliari midfielder was brought to South Africa as a precaution in case Andrea Pirlo's calf problem became so serious that he needed to be replaced in the squad.

However, with the deadline approaching for Italy to make a squad change before their first match, a spokeswoman said Cossu had been allowed to leave given doctors hope Pirlo can be fit for the third group game against Slovakia on June 24.

Fellow midfielders Daniele De Rossi, Mauro Camoranesi and Claudio Marchisio are also all fit following minor knocks.

Source: Reuters

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