Cannavaro blow for Azzurri

Veteran defender struggling with a calf problem

Cannavaro: Out of opener

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Fabio Cannavaro is set to miss Italy's Confederations Cup opener against USA on Monday.

The veteran defender is struggling with a calf problem and will not be risked against the Americans.

However, the Italy medical staff are confident the Juventus centre-half will be back in time for the Azzurri's remaining Group B fixtures against Egypt and Brazil.

He will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis, but the World Cup-winning skipper is not expected to be sidelined for a prolonged period of time.

While the news on Cannavaro has come as a blow to Marcelo Lippi's side, there are also concerns regarding the fitness of his Stadio Olimpico team-mate Nicola Legrottaglie.

The commanding defender could still come into contention for the clash against USA, but he is carrying a muscular injury which will require treatment.