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Tuesday November 8 2011
Ogbonna wants Italy chance

Torino’s Angelo Ogbonna is hoping to make his international debut for Italy this month. “I actually want to play against Poland and Uruguay.”

The defender has again been called up to Cesare Prandelli’s national squad, but he has yet to make an appearance for the side.

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Tuesday November 8 2011
Buffon on loss of Cassano and Rossi

Gigi Buffon admits that Italy will miss Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi on and off the pitch over the next six months.

Milan man Cassano is recovering from minor heart surgery, while the Villarreal forward recently damaged knee ligaments.

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Monday November 7 2011
Abate: 'I'm not a stopgap for Italy'

Ignazio Abate is determined to show he deserves his call-up to the latest Italy squad and has rejected talk of being just a short-term solution.

Milan right-back Abate received his first call-up under Cesare Prandelli at the weekend for the international friendlies with Poland and Uruguay.

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Monday November 7 2011
Prandelli to remodel Italy

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli says he’ll be forced to try some new attacking solutions while waiting for Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi to return.

The Milan man is currently recovering from a minor heart operation, while the Villarreal striker recently underwent knee ligament surgery. Both could be sidelined for six months.

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Monday November 7 2011
Injured Giovinco leaves Italy camp

Sebastian Giovinco has withdrawn from the Italian international squad after picking up an injury on Sunday.

The attacker, part-owned by Juventus, suffered a muscle problem in Parma’s 1-0 loss at Lazio yesterday.

Giovinco did travel to Florence to meet up with the rest of the squad, but he has now returned to Parma.

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Monday November 7 2011
Buffon awaits Cassano return

Captain Gigi Buffon thinks Antonio Cassano could still make the difference for Italy at the 2012 European Championship.

The Milan man is currently recovering from minor heart surgery which could see him out of action for up to six months.

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Monday November 7 2011
Italy to field three ‘keepers

Gigi Buffon, Morgan De Sanctis and Salvatore Sirigu will reportedly all feature at some stage in Italy’s games against Poland and Uruguay.

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Monday November 7 2011
Di Natale: No Italy? No problem…

Antonio Di Natale of Udinese remains one of Italy’s finest players despite again being omitted from the international squad, says his agent.

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Monday November 7 2011
Abate worthy of Euro 2012

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has told Italy boss Cesare Prandelli to not underestimate the ability of Ignazio Abate.

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Saturday November 5 2011
Prandelli pays Cassano visit

Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli visited Antonio Cassano in hospital today. “He was in good shape.”

The Milan forward is recovering after surgery to fill a small hole in his heart which caused a mini-stroke last Saturday.

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