Buffon has been troubled by his back for just about three years, and when he had to pull out of the World Cup just 45 minutes in the first match, it was time for Buffon to get an operation. Buffon was operated in Milan because of his herniated disc and the operation went perfectly, a complete success which will take some time to recover from.
It is said that it will take at least 4 months for Buffon to recover, he should re-begin playing in December, leaving Juventus with an empty spot between the posts. Here’s a statement by Buffon regarding himself and the situation he puts Juventus in,
“I’ve always put the club first, postponing the operation. But I need to think about me, and take all the time necessary to resolve this problem once and for all. I couldn’t continue like this.”
His return in Serie A all depends how his recovery goes, and Buffon believes that while he’s out of action, Juventus are in safe hands with Manninger and Storari. Storari was bought right after Buffon’s injury from AC Milan for 4.5 million Euros and has signed a three year deal with the bianconeri.
As for AC Milan’s goal-keeping situation, Dida’s contract expired July 1st, and so he will probably return to Brazil as a free agent. AC Milan have gotten Marco Amelia on loan from Genoa, hopefully solving their goal-keeper problem for the upcoming season, and if Amelia does well then the rossoneri would be interested in buying him from Genoa.