"He got hurt yesterday," Prandelli said after seeing his side beat England 2-1 in their first Group D game in Manaus on Saturday.

"We tried for him to get better this morning, but we didn't have time. I think within a few days he'll be available. I can't quantify the number of days. He had a sprain, so I don't know."

In Buffon's absence, Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu deputised between the posts for Italy.

Italy are due to face Costa Rica, shock 3-1 victors over Uruguay in their opening game, in Recife on Friday.