Rugby World Cup 2015

Italy’s Parisse fights to be fit for World Cup

Italy's Parisse fights to be fit for World Cup
Italy Captain Sergio Parisse is a doubt for the World Cup after he underwent surgery in Paris. Photo: Glen Kirk/AFP
Italy captain Sergio Parisse has undergone surgery to drain a haematoma, the Italian rugby federation announced on Tuesday, just over a week before the World Cup gets underway in England.

The federation added 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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