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Italy suffered a serious blow ahead of next month’s World Cup when midfielder Riccardo Montolivo broke his leg during a warmup game against Ireland at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

“It’s what we feared, a fractured tibia. It will probably need some months, Riccardo is out of the World Cup. He didn’t deserve this,” team doctor Enrico Castellacci told Rai TV.

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