Gamberini suffers shoulder setback

MILAN - Fiorentina and Italy centre-back Alessandro Gamberini will be out for two-and-a-half months after undergoing shoulder surgery, his club said in a statement on Tuesday.

He now faces a race against time to claim a place in Italy's World Cup squad while his absence is a big blow to Fiorentina, who have sunk to 11th in Serie A.

The defender dislocated his shoulder in Fiorentina's 2-0 defeat at Sampdoria on Saturday and was immediately ruled out of Wednesday's Champions League last 16 first-leg match at Bayern Munich.