Monday, February 20, 2006

Totti might be out of World Cup for Italy

Roma's captain and Italian national star Francesco Totti (picture) faces a tough road to the World Cup after a tackle from behind caused a fracture to his fibula and strained ligaments in his left ankle. As you can see from the picture, it was a hard tackle.

Doctors predict that he will need 2-3 months to recover from this injury. Totti has not yet ruled out making it to Germany.

National team coach, Marcello Lippi, seems optimist: "Totti is one of the most important players, it seems that there are the times for his recovery. We must accept the accident and concentrate on the recovery. It is clear that Totti is one of the first players and he cannot be replaced because anybody plays like him,” he said.

At this point, it's difficult to imagine Totti starting games in Germany. If this takes three months to heal, then he will only have one month to get back to match strength. Even though the US will be playing Italy, I wish Totti nothing but the quickest of recovers.

Just so you know, the Roma's coach Luciano Spalletti exonerated Vanigli, the player that tackled Totti from behind, saying on the team's website, "Vanigli's foul was not a nasty one."


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