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Juventus keeper Buffon confirms surgery plans

Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon will soon undergo back surgery.

Buffon has been struggling with injury all season and managed just 45 minutes of the World Cup before suffering a herniated disc.

"I have decided. I've had enough of living with this uncertainty, so I will have surgery," he told the Corriere dello Sport.

"The operation won't be immediately, but in 2011 I'll be back as good as new. I might even return earlier, but I won't kid myself.

"Let's just say I am focusing on January for my comeback. I intend to take all the time I need."

Buffon added: "I'll tell the truth, I should've done this sooner, but I was always told that people needed me. Now I'm the one who is in need.

"Besides, Juventus are in safe hands with Marco Storari and Alex Manninger."

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