Saturday November 6 2010
Buffon: 'Why I missed Juve photo'

Gianluigi Buffon has denied he was AWOL from a Juventus photo shoot. “I had to be in Switzerland for an award.”

Speculation over the goalkeeper's future and a potential January move to Manchester United intensified after he failed to attend the team's official photo session on Friday.

“I was not with the squad simply because I had to undergo a very important physiotherapy session for my recovery process,” insisted Buffon.

“Yesterday we tested out the efficiency of the leg after the operation and I had some very positive signs.

“In the evening I then had to be in Switzerland to pick up an award as best goalkeeper in the world. I had promised I'd be there, so I couldn't back out.”

It remains to be seen whether this will be enough to calm the speculation in the Italian and British media.

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