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Knee injury jeopardises Gago World Cup spot

Argentina midfielder Fernando Gago could miss the World Cup due to a knee injury after his club Boca Juniors said he would need up to 60 days to recover.

A scan revealed ligament damage after Gago suffered a hard knock during Boca's 0-0 draw at Colon in Santa Fe in the Argentine first division.

"The midfielder suffered a grade two sprain in his left knee, with partial lesion of the collateral medial ligament," Boca said on their official website (

Club doctors recommended the knee be immobilised for two weeks and that Gago, who will miss the rest of the Argentine season, which ends in mid-May, should then begin rehabilitation.

Argentina play Bosnia-Herzegovina in Rio de Janeiro in their opening Group F match on June 15. They also face Iran and Nigeria in the group.

Coach Alejandro Sabella considers Gago to be Lionel Messi's ideal ball provider on the right side of a midfield that includes Javier Mascherano in the middle and Angel Di Maria on the left.

Gago looks set to miss World Cup warm-ups against Trinidad and Tobago in Buenos Aires on June 4 and Slovenia three days later in La Plata.

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