Soccer-Italy's De Rossi 'highly unlikely' to play against Uruguay


NATAL, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) - Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi has a leg injury and is highly unlikely to play in the World Cup Group D showdown against Uruguay on Tuesday, the Azzurri's team doctor said on Saturday.

The 30-year-old played the full 90 minutes in both Italy's games in the tournament, a 2-1 victory over England and a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica.

"He has a muscle problem in his leg," Enrico Castellacci told a news conference on Saturday.

"It is highly unlikely that he will be able to play on Tuesday."

Italy need at least a point against Uruguay at the Dunas arena to join Costa Rica in the last 16.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, Editing by Ed Osmond)

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