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Italy confirm Candreva hamstring injury

Football Soccer - Italy v Finland - International Friendly - Bentegodi stadium, Verona, Italy - 06/06/16 Italy's Antonio Candreva celebrates after scoring against Finland. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino
Football Soccer - Italy v Finland - International Friendly - Bentegodi stadium, Verona, Italy - 06/06/16 Italy's Antonio Candreva celebrates after scoring against Finland. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino

BORDEAUX, France (Reuters) - Italy's Antonio Candreva sat out training on Saturday after picking up a hamstring injury in their 1-0 victory over Sweden on Friday.

The 29-year-old winger underwent tests on his injury to assess the problem, according to a statement on the Italian Football Federation's official website, and his progress will be monitored by medical staff.

Captain Gianluigi Buffon initially took to the training field at the team's base in Montpellier, but returned to the gym soon after the session began after feeling unwell, according to Sport Mediaset.

Italy secured first place in group E on Saturday when Belgium beat Ireland 3-0, meaning that Antonio Conte's side cannot be caught in top spot and will face group D's runner up in Paris on June 27 in the last 16.

(Reporting by Ed Dove; Editing by Ian Chadband)

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