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Juventus keeper Buffon confident making Italy comeback

Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon says he'll be back for Italy in the World Cup knockout round. Buffon is out of Italy's final group game against Slovakia due to a back injury.

But he assured the nation's fans: "I'll be back for the second round.

"I realise I am hurting, but day after day I feel better. I've finally found my spirit and smile. I've tried to do some small movements and I do not feel so bad.

"And so if I continue like this ..."

Italy's medical staff, meanwhile, believe Buffon won't be available until the quarterfinals.

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