Italy’s Buffon may have played his last World Cup 2010

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has missed training for the second successive day amid fears that he may not play again in the 2010 World Cup.

The 32-year-old sat out Wednesday's session and tests on his injured back show a small herniated disc as well as a sciatic problem, reports BBC Sport.

Italy team doctor Enrico Castellacci said the recovery would "not be brief".

Buffon was replaced by substitute Federico Marchetti at half-time in Monday's 1-1 draw against Paraguay.

Buffon's Italy and Juventus team-mate Giorgio Chiellini admitted losing the world's most expensive keeper would be a huge blow.

"A good goalkeeper is just as valuable as a striker who scores a lot of goals," stated Chiellini.

"It's obvious how much he's worth to the team."

"During the warm-up Buffon felt a pain in his back and after the first half he couldn't continue," commented Italy coach Marcelo Lippi.

"It was a big blow. We lost a substitution that we could have used.”

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