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Gattuso out of Italy's clash against Georgia

ROME, Sept 7 (Reuters) - AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has pulled out of Italy's squad for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Georgia after injuring his wrist in training on Sunday.

'Gattuso has been operated on and will be forced to skip the encounter with Georgia,' the Italian Soccer Federation said on its website.

'If we are lucky, he'll be back on the field in a month,' Italy team doctor Enrico Castellacci was quoted as saying by Milan's website (

Italy coach Marcello Lippi is also without defenders Alessandro Gamberini and Fabio Grosso, both of whom were injured at the start of the world champions' 2-1 win over Cyprus in their Group Eight opener on Saturday.

Fiorentina's Gamberini hurt his shoulder and is expected to be out for a few weeks, while Olympique Lyon full back Grosso will be sidelined for a month after fracturing two ribs, according to media reports.

The federation said Lippi would not call up players to take the defenders' places.


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