Italy sweating on Parisse for Rugby World Cup

Sergio Parisse will join the Italy squad

Italy are sweating on the availability of captain Sergio Parisse for the Rugby
World Cup after he underwent an operation less than two weeks before the start
of the tournament.

The Italy captain had surgery to drain a haematoma and a statement from the
Italian rugby federation said that further details on the player’s expected
absence would be revealed following tests "in the coming days".

The 31-year-old Argentine-born flanker has 112 caps for Italy and is their
star player.

The surgery in Paris was to drain a haematoma — a swelling of clotted blood
— in a muscle in his left leg, after he picked up a knock in Italy’s World
Cup warm-up Test defeat to Wales in Cardiff last weekend.

Italy open their World Cup campaign on September 19 in Twickenham against France.

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