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Gigi Buffon Sits Out Training, Still Wants To Start For Italy Against Denmark

Gigi Buffon picked up a thigh strain before Italy's match against Denmark. If he plays, it may affect his ability to start for Juventus against Napoli.

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Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon sat out azzurri training on Monday, due to a thigh strain. Cesare Prandelli, in all his infinite wisdom, has three other keepers available for the match against Denmark: Morgan De Sanctis, Emiliano Viviano and Salvatore Sirigu. Yet despite the plethora of shot-stoppers available, Buffon is determined to start on Tuesday.

Which could be beneficial for Napoli. It's never nice to wish injuries upon players, particularly when the player involved is the heart and soul of the national side. But let's face it -- Juventus might be undefeated in the league for approximately a bazillion games, but they've still got their weak spots, and the defence tops that list. If it weren't for San Gigi, it's certain that Juve would have lost a match. That's right, certain.

To be fair, Marco Storari is no slouch in goal. He started in the first Juve match of the season, against Parma, and managed five saves. The absence of Gigi won't make the Juventus match an easy one. But for this match, Napoli should take any weakness it can find.