Saturday June 22 2013
Confederations over for Abate

Ignazio Abate is out of the Confederations Cup after dislocating his shoulder, while Riccardo Montolivo suffered a head injury.

Both players went off in the opening 30 minutes of tonight’s 4-2 defeat to Brazil.

Chief medic Professor Enrico Castellacci spoke to the media in Salvador and gave an update on their condition.

Milan full-back Abate is out for the rest of the tournament after dislocating his right shoulder during a nasty fall.

“The dislocation was reduced straight after and he is feeling better, but he will certainly not be able to play the next games.”

Montolivo suffered a knock, causing “head trauma” and has been taken to hospital for tests.

“I don’t want to worry anyone, but it is only right to make absolutely sure there are no problems.”

Andrea Pirlo missed this match with a calf problem and hopes to be fit for the semi-final against Spain on Thursday.

“We are working on it and hope he can recover soon. As there are fewer players available, we need his character.”

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