According to reports, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will miss their opening World Cup Group D match against England in Manaus on Saturday.

Coach Cesare Prandelli on Friday, described his injury as “a very, very light ankle twist” on Friday, who was due to play in his fifth World Cup, had twisted his ankle on the pitch in Manaus but did not blame the controversial surface which has come under scrutiny.

“He twisted his ankle very lightly,” Prandelli said before claiming the 36-year-old, who is due to win a 141st cap, would be fit to face England.

“It is nothing serious but, yes, he left training early and, yes, is having treatment.”

The Italian federation (FIGC) issued a statement on its website confirming that Buffon had suffered an injury.

Gianluigi Buffon suffered a slight ankle sprain and is undergoing treatment,” said the FIGC on its website.

The injury to 36-year-old Buffon, who won the 2006 World Cup with Italy, is another blow to the Italians after fullback Mattia De Sciglio was ruled out of the game with a thigh injury. Buffon took to twitter to announce the news of his injury and his support for Paris Saint-Germain’s Salvatore Sirigu.


Buffon said: “Life is beautiful, another missed match or another missed World Cup won’t change my mind.

He added: “There are many ways to be important even if you are not a protagonist on the pitch. So come on great Salvatore, come on magic guys, come on Italy, my great love!”