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Vieri ruled out of Germany finals

Published: Tuesday 9 May 2006, 15.28CET
Italy striker Christian Vieri will miss out on the FIFA World Cup in Germany after undergoing knee surgery, coach Marcello Lippi has confirmed today.

Published: Tuesday 9 May 2006, 15.28CET

Vieri ruled out of Germany finals

Italy striker Christian Vieri will miss out on the FIFA World Cup in Germany after undergoing knee surgery, coach Marcello Lippi has confirmed today.

Italy striker Christian Vieri will miss out on the FIFA World Cup in Germany after undergoing knee surgery.

'Clear ideas'
The 32-year-old AS Monaco FC forward, who has scored 23 goals in 49 internationals, has been struggling with a cartilage problem for the last month and has been forced to have an operation. Italy coach Marcello Lippi said: "I have clear ideas about the squad I will take to Germany, and a few injuries have helped me in my decisions. Vieri has a knee injury and is not available." Lippi added that UC Sampdoria midfielder Aimo Diana "is struggling with a persistent groin injury". Lippi has to name his 23-man selection for the finals by next Monday.

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