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Italy's Albertini ruled out of World Cup

Italy midfielder Demetrio Albertini will miss the World Cup finals after his club AC Milan said on Monday that he had been ruled out for two to three months with an Achilles tendon injury.

Albertini, who has won 79 caps for Italy, suffered the injury during Sunday's 1-0 Serie A defeat at Juventus.

The 30-year-old had been part of Giovanni Trapattoni's Italy squad in their unbeaten qualification campaign for the World Cup but his regular starting place had been threatened by poor form and persistent injuries.

Milan said on their official website that club doctor Rodolfo Tavana and his team had ruled the player out for "two to three months if there are no complications".

The World Cup in South Korea and Japan starts on May 31.

"(Milan coach Carlo) Ancelotti loses him for three games, Trapattoni for an entire World Cup," said Milan's website.

Albertini had a knee operation last May that kept him out for six months and although he returned to action in September his progress was frequently restricted by injuries.

His place in the final World Cup squad had been in doubt but he was recalled for last month's friendly against England in which he made a substitute appearance.

With Trapattoni opting for experienced players in the warm-up games for the finals, Albertini was also selected for Wednesday's friendly with Uruguay before suffering his injury.

A cultured central midfielder, Albertini was part of the successful Milan side of the early 1990's that dominated Italian and European competition.

He made his Italy debut in 1991 against Cyprus and was a regular in Arrigo Sacchi's side, which lost to Brazil in the 1994 World Cup final.

Four years later he was a member of Cesare Maldini's team that reached the quarter-finals before losing to hosts and eventual winners France and he played in the final of Euro 2000 in which Italy lost, again to France, on a 'golden goal'.
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This is just tragic. :( :(

It's nearly the end of his career and it'd be his last world cup. But, I guess, things haven't really gone too well for him lately. :(
 

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Even if he hasn't had his best season, it is still a regrettable and a big loss for Italy as his experience is truly unique for Italy. ALL THE BEST AND A VERY RAPID RECOVERY DEMETRIO!!!!:star:

FORZA TRIO!!!:):star:
 

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Albertini
Pires
Beckham out of world cup!!
Netherlands it will be awful World cup
 

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Beckham is not out yet.:)

Anyway, would Albertini have made it to the final 23 squad in the first place? His performance this season does not justify his selection, if he gets selected. So in a way, it is one headache out of the way for the Italian selectors to make. But then again, one extra player is useful, no matter what the other choices are.

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Beckham....hahahaha...maybe the Brits are hoping the laying on of hands, onto photos of his foot, will heal him.:D :D :D

Sad about Demetrio...in fact, I feel for any player who is normally on any NT and picks up an injury now. This was Trio's last chance to go tot he World Cup, but he can look forward to Euro 2004 maybe.
 

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This was very sad news indeed for Italian NT.
I have always liked that guy...i feel sorry for him....must be tough to injured now when WC is so close.:depress:

BTW: Hope Ambro will go to WC instead.:hopefull:

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Feel sad for Albertini. He's had a very good Italian career unfortunately he's lost his way in the NT recently. But it's a shame that his national career ends this way. :(

Best of luck.
 
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