Italy's Andrea Pirlo controls a ball during an international friendly soccer match against Mexico in Brussels June 3, 2010. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir (BELGIUM - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) Content © 2010 Reuters All rights reserved.

Calf Strain Means Andrea Pirlo Will Miss At Least Two Matches For Italy At World Cup 2010

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Andrea Pirlo Out For At Least Two Games With Calf Injury

Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo will miss at least two games with a calf injury suffered last week, one report confirmed.

Italy coach Marcelo Lippi confirmed the Milan star could miss more matches, though until Pirlo is ruled out for the whole tournament, Lippi will keep him on his roster:

“In conjunction with the medical staff we have decided to take him along,” said Lippi.

“If Pirlo skips three games, it’s not a problem. He might come back in the fourth, who knows?”

Italy is also dealing with injuries to Mauro Camoranesi, Claudio Marchisio, and Angelo Palombo, prompting Lippi to bring Andrea Cossu to South Africa as cover, should any of the midfielders be removed from the 23-man squad.

Italy must make any changes to their team one day before their June 14 meeting with Paraguay.

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