Italy defender Alessandro Nesta has been ruled out of Sunday’s World Cup final against France through injury.

“He’s definitely not available,” Enrico Castellacci, Italy’s team doctor, told reporters.

Nesta has not played since the final group game against Czech Republic when he picked up a groin injury which forced him to sit out the knockout matches.

Marco Materazzi, who started against Germany, is again expected to partner Fabio Cannavaro in the centre of an Italian defence.