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Lippi has Totti concerns

snakies2010-05-04 08:45:02 +0000 #1
Italy Coach Marcello Lippi hopes that Francesco Totti can recover in time for the World Cup, but admits he isn’t entirely confident.

“We will do everything we can to get him back to full fitness in time for the tournament in Germany,” Lippi told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Roma captain fractured his left ankle with ligament damage during today’s 1-0 win over Empoli and will be out for between two to three months.

“I know that Totti went under the knife this afternoon. I hope that the time needed to recover can be compatible with the World Cup, but it’s too early to make predictions. It would be pointless to speculate before we’ve heard from the surgeon who performed the operation.”

Italy’s opening match is against Ghana on June 12, but if the initial diagnosis is confirmed, he won’t be back on the playing field until the final weeks of the season.

“It would be a shame not to have him at the World Cup, as he is a very important player for Italy. We will wait and see,” added a less than confident Lippi.

The Roma medical staff have released a more detailed explanation of Totti’s injury.

“There is a fracture to the left fibula with associated lesion of the ligament-capsule at the top of the foot,” explained Professor Pierpaolo Mariani.

“Essentially, the ankle connection spread so wide that the ligament popped out of joint,” added Coach Luciano Spalletti in layman’s terms.

snakies2010-05-04 08:56:32 +0000 #2
Italy boss Marcello Lippi has conceded that Francesco Totti is an irreplaceable figure in his World Cup plans.

The tactician made the comment just hours after the Roma captain saw his Mondiali hopes jeopardised by ankle surgery.

Totti was seen by many pundits as crucial to his nation’s Germany 2006 bid and the tactician has now underlined that fact.

“Totti is one of the most important players that we have,” the Coach told Radio Repubblica on Monday.

“It is clear that Totti is one of the few players who doesn’t have a substitute because there is nobody around who plays like him.”

Although Totti could be sidelined for up to three months, Lippi is cautiously optimistic that he has time to recover - even if Italy kick off their campaign against Ghana in just113 days time.

“I spoke with him this morning,” added the former Juventus tactician. “He seemed very serene to me.

“Without being super optimistic, there does seem to be time for him to get fit. We must now accept what has happened and focus on his recovery.

“We will look to work as one in an effort to get him back in time. He is a fundamental player for Italy.”

Totti sustained an ankle fracture and ligament damage following a clash with Richard Vanigli. But Lippi has defended the Empoli stopper.

“We are sad about what has happened but it would be absurd to accuse anyone,” added the cigar-smoker.

Meanwhile, Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero – who may benefit in terms of team selection through Totti’s possible absence – has sent a message of support.

“I wish him all the best,” he said via his official website. “I saw what happened and am disappointed for him. I hope he can return soon.”



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