Buffon returns to Juve training from back injury

Rome: Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon returned to team training at Juventus Turin on Tuesday after being sidelined for six months with a slipped disc.

Buffon, 36, sustained the back injury during the first World Cup match in South Africa. He underwent surgery and a rehabilitation programme before rejoining Juve at a four-day training camp in Vinevo.

Buffon, a four-times World Goalkeeper of the Year with 102 Italy caps and the 2006 World Cup title, aims to be a starter again at Juve next month.

But coach Luigi Del Neri said that reserve man Marco Storari will be between the posts at the next game Jan 6 against Parma.

IANS

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