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Footballer Sala's body to be returned to Argentina on Friday

AFP  |  Buenos Aires 

Argentine Emiliano Sala's body is to be returned to on Friday, the of his hometown of Progreso, Muller, told AFP.

Sala's body was recovered from plane wreckage in the last week.

He was flying to his new team, side Cardiff City, from his old when his plane went missing over the Channel on January 21.

Muller said Sala's body would arrive in the late afternoon and be taken to the gymnasium next to his youth club's headquarters, where a vigil was scheduled.

He said Sala's "mother, sister and brother have already arrived in "

British authorities formally identified Sala's body last week, after which his family said they could "now begin to mourn our son and our brother."

Sala, who was 28, died of "head and trunk injuries," an inquest in England heard on Monday.

He was travelling in a light aircraft that disappeared near the British island of

The wreckage was found on the seabed but 59-year-old remains missing.

Sala's former team gave him a rousing send off on Sunday, playing a match in a special all black kit for the occasion, with each wearing the Argentine's name on the back of their jersey rather than their own.

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 09:45 IST