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Injured Gago still in Argentina's World Cup plans: Sampaoli

IANS  |  Buenos Aires 

football has left open the possibility of taking to this year's in Russia, despite the setback.

suffered partial detachment of graft tissue in his right knee earlier this week, just days after returning to training following last October to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, reports

"I spoke with Fernando yesterday. He continues to want to be [at the World Cup] and he is fighting for that to happen," Sampaoli told a press conference on Thursday.

"I always stress the value that has and that's why we are going to wait until the last moment."

Gago's career has been beset by a series of In addition to knee problems, the 31-year-old Boca Juniors star spent almost a full year on the sidelines in 2015 and 2016 after twice rupturing his left Achilles tendon.

Sampaoli said the former Real Madrid, and asked to remain in Argentina's plans.

"Despite the setback, he is optimistic and he told me to wait to evaluate him," the former and said.

"When a of his footballing ability calls it makes a happy. We are going to see how he is and compare him with everybody else."

Sampaoli will have a chance to appraise his squad ahead of when meet in on March 23 followed by another friendly against in four days later.

will begin their campaign against on June 16.



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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 14:32 IST