Argentina midfielder Fernando Gago sustain cruciate ligament injury in World Cup qualifying

Gago, who now play for boyhood club Boca Juniors in Argentina – ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and lateral internal ligament in his right knee during a goalless draw against Peru at La Bombonera, Argentina confirmed post-match.

The Former Real Madrid player, who was back in the national team for the first time since 2015, was a 60th-minute substitute but the 31-year-old only lasted six minutes as his international return was cruelly cut short in front of his club supporters.

Argentina’s hopes of World Cup qualification remain in the balance after they dropped out of the play-off spot, down to sixth following Chile’s victory heading into next week’s final matchday – a trip to Ecuador.

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