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Materazzi to miss World Cup? Friday 5 April, 2002


Marco Materazzi is anxiously awaiting results of tests conducted on his right knee.

The Inter defender suffered a sprain during yesterday’s 1-0 UEFA Cup defeat to Feyenoord and club doctors fear the ligaments may also be damaged.

If tests confirm that diagnosis, then the Italian international would be forced to sit out for between two and four months, therefore missing the 2002 World Cup.

It would be another bitter blow to the Azzurri after Valerio Bertotto, Enrico Chiesa and Roberto Baggio were also ruled out with identical injuries.

Paolo Maldini and Pippo Inzaghi also suffered sprained knees with ligament damage, but made their comebacks to first team football this month.

The Milan pair are not yet guaranteed a plane ticket to Japan and Korea as they are struggling to reach match fitness in the final five games of the season.
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