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SALVADOR, Brazil -- Struggling to find players fit enough after a draining loss to Spain, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has suggested that FIFA review the worth of third-place games at the Confederations Cup. Italy face Uruguay on Sunday at the Arena Fonte Nova but less than 24 hours before kickoff Prandelli was still trying to determine which players would be fit enough to play. "In a tournament with eight squads maybe the third-place match should be put under review," Prandelli said Saturday. "That said, we will honour the match." With Mario Balotelli and Ignazio Abate already having been sent home injured before the semifinal, key playmaker Andrea Pirlo, centre back Andrea Barzagli and midfielder Claudio Marchisio have now been ruled out with muscle problems. Also, Daniele De Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini and Alberto Gilardino have not recovered from Thursdays game vs. Spain, which Italy lost 7-6 in the penalty shootout after extra time ended 0-0. The Spain match was played in searing heat and humidity and the third-place match could be a sweaty affair, too. With a 1 p.m, its the only game of the tournament that will start in the middle of the day. "Ive got three players out and three others who havent recuperated yet," Prandelli said. "Right now its difficult to say who will play." Prandelli will likely resort to forwards like Stephan El Shaarawy, Alessandro Diamanti and Alessio Cerci, who have seen little action thus far. Defender Davide Astori, the only outfield player who has not seen action yet, could also be an option, and Salvatore Sirigu or Federico Marchetti will likely replace captain Gianluigi Buffon in goal. "Its an opportunity to gain some experience," Prandelli said. "Because were facing a squad that has a lot of character." Entering the tournament, the 20-year-old El Shaarawy was expected to pair with Balotelli in attack like at AC Milan but his only action thus far were the final 18 minutes in the final group game vs. Brazil. El Shaarawy led Italys Serie A with 14 goals in the first half of the recently concluded Serie A season but managed only two after Balotelli transferred to Milan in January. "He had a long season and when as a young kid you reach certain objectives its difficult to bounce back and do it again," Prandelli said. "If he plays tomorrow he needs to be ready. Well see." South American champion Uruguay features three experienced and talented forwards in Diego Forlan, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez. Playing for Napoli, Cavani led Serie A this past season with 29 goals. "Its a squad we respect a lot, a squad that has shown it is able to adapt to any opponent," Prandelli said. "Tactically, this is the toughest match to prepare." The Spain match was also a challenge, one that Italy won tactically by many standards, but Prandelli feels this game is tougher because of the physical state of his squad. "Right now Im having trouble putting players in place," the coach said. "These are two completely different matches." Uruguay lost its semifinal 2-1 to Brazil on Wednesday, a day earlier than the Spain-Italy match. "It would be ideal if you could organize a tournament where everyone has the same chance," Prandelli said. "If one squad has fewer transfers and more days to recuperate thats an advantage." Custom New York Islanders Jerseys. PETERSBURG, Fla. Anders Lee Jersey. LOUIS -- Valtteri Filppula assisted on three of Tampa Bays four goals, and the Lightning beat the St. -- Most satisfying to Russ Smith about No. Matt Martin Jersey. Perhaps Carroll was so prepared for a break because he believes there is very little the Seattle Seahawks need heading into the off-season. "I dont see anything that we need to add. 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I am just trying to work hard, run fast and hopefully help people to forget what has happened, and just move on." Bolt will run the 100 metres on Friday and the 4x100 relay on Saturday at the Olympic Stadium in a meet marking the anniversary of the start of the 2012 London Olympics. In his first public comments since news of the high-profile doping cases broke, Bolt promised that he wont be the next sprint star to be embroiled in a scandal. "I was made to inspire people and to run, and I was given the gift and thats what I do," the six-time Olympic champion said. "I am confident in myself and my team, the people I work with. And I know I am clean. "So Im just going to continue running, using my talent and just trying to improve the sport." If the recent cases have cast doubt about Bolts own integrity, the 100- and 200-meter world record-holder asked any skeptics to just check his record. "If you were following me since 2002 you would know that I have been doing phenomenal things since I was 15," the 26-year-old Bolt said. "I was the youngest person to win the world juniors at 15. I ran the world junior (200) record 19.93 at (17) ... I have broken every record there is to break, in every event I have ever done. "For me, I have proven myself since I was 15. ... I have shown everything throughout the years since I was always going to be great." It was announced earlier this month that Powell aand Simpson tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrone at Jamaicas national championships in June.dddddddddddd Discus thrower Allison Randall and two other athletes also returned positives for banned substances at the same meet. "Im just sitting and waiting to see the results and whats what," Bolt said. "Theres a lot things that hasnt been said and done yet." Bolt said he has spoken only briefly via text message with Powell since the positive test was announced. "I didnt want to bombard him with questions," Bolt said. "I told him, Sorry to hear what was going on. And he said Yes, its kind of rough, its hard. "And I just told him to stay strong and stay focused, and hopefully everything will work out." Powell was the last man to hold the 100-meter world record before Bolt broke it in 2008. He also helped the Jamaicans to the 4x100-meter relay gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In almost 20 minutes with reporters in London on Thursday, Bolt avoided any direct criticism of his fellow athletes. "In life things happen, people make mistakes, mishaps happen," Bolt said in response to a question about doping sanctions. Both Powell and Gay claim they failed doping tests because they trusted people they didnt know very well. Bolt does not doubt his inner circle and was astounded by the suggestion he could inadvertently be given a banned supplement and test positive. "What? I am clean," Bolt shot back while insisting he only takes vitamins and not supplements. "You have to be careful as an athlete what you do and what you ingest, the food you eat and stuff like that. "But I am not worried because ... I have a great team around me." Questions about the apparent leniency of two-year doping bans were sidestepped by Bolt. "I cant determine how harsh the rules should be," he said. Sprinter Kim Collins, who is also competing in the two-day London meet, accepts that every athlete is now under scrutiny, saying the wave of recent doping cases "leave a bad taste for all of us." "Everyone is judged and I will be judged running fast at my age," said the 37-year-old Collins, a former 100-meter world champion from St. Kitts and Nevis. Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '
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