It’s all bad news for Italy, starting with the tie with Paraguay and to make matters worse, Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is out of action although for how long no one can tell. Gianluigi is out of the action due to his serious back injury. There is no mention on the return date or that his injury could keep him out of the game for the rest of the tournament. Buffon is one of the world's best, and it’s sad to know that there’s going to be a replacement for the best in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This 32-year-old was replaced by Federico Marchetti at half-time during their World Cup opener in Cape Town; it was a 1 to 1 draw against Paraguay. Coach Marcello Lippi mentioned that it was too early to gauge the seriousness of his injury.
Seriousness of the Injury
An Italian Football Federation statement mentioned that they could not tell when he will be able to play again, and that he has a serious sciatic problem. He had this pain even during the warm-up but then the patriot still wanted to play. After the first half he gave up owing to the severe pain.
The Italian team is still coping with the injury of Andrea Pirlo who would be out until the final group stage game while even Mauro Camoranesi is not 100 percent fit for the game.
Leaving Buffon out of the game would be a terrible blow for the defending World Cup champions. Marchetti has just six caps added to his name; he is inexperienced and not up to the mark at the international level.
With all these troubles in hand, how far will Italy move on without Buffon? It’s like Spain's odds against the Swiss without Torres playing. With the next match scheduled against New Zealand, Federico Marchetti, who played the second half against Paraguay, is again to fit into Buffon's boots.