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Posted by Roy (Roy Nemer) Monday, April 14, 2014 Go To Comments

Fernando GAGO out for 2 months

Fernando GAGO is out for two months.

Fernando GAGO is out injured for two months. GAGO's injury means he would miss the beginning of the World Cup. No news as to whether SABELLA will call a replacement or not. With Ever BANEGA's inconsistency, the door is left completely open for Lucas BIGLIA to start alongside Javier MASCHERANO.




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holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 6:42 PM
2
I'm not even sure how Riquelme is even uttered in the same breath as some of these younger guys. Even if he scores a free kick goal in the upper 90 on every keeper he faces in the last 5 matches left of the Torneo Final, this guy IS NOT an option for us. He's too slow, hangs onto the ball too long and doesn't defend at all. If Sabella goes outside his "preferred" players, it'll be someone like Enzo Perez or Rodrigo Braña and I'd even have to argue that those guys are within his "preferred" players group. I would love Cambiasso as a back up to both Mascherano and Biglia but that's not going to happen. Biglia will start over Banega. I even like the idea of covering that position with Maxi Rodriguez if he's capable. But guys like Riquelme and Veron are way too old and a step too slow for the counter game that Sabella likes to play.

I'm not sure if you guys saw Real Madrid vs. Almeria, but Di Maria was a beast that night. Honestly, after seeing several of his most recent performances plus his performance with the national team at altitude in La Paz vs. Bolivia, he's easily the best player for Argentina after Messi. No question. He may be the only player on the planet that has to suffer playing under the two greatest players of this generation. Without Ronaldo to hog the ball, Di Maria has been unstoppable and able to drive his team forward. He puts in the work and it shows. Against Barcelona, he was the best player of the first half, and he had to mark Neymar most of the match.


Johnny
(Thailand)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 6:37 PM
0
Zabs is not fast enough to play in the middle.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 3:26 PM
0
I think we have to forget about gago for this w.c and look for some one else in his position,
if gago recovers in time-that would be fantastic news but learn from history (eggs in in basket)other wise we will be in deep trouble if all we are planning for and hoping for is for gago to be fit and anchor our mid.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 2:42 PM
0
Bring Zabaletta to the centre.... As a DM...... Like Philip Lahm....... Play Peruzzi on the right.....
.
Did i sound ok?????


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 1:48 PM
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Biglia is injury prone too. Not good news.


haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 10:48 AM
0
Banega and Biglia are already there!

We are looking a DM to be added, like Yacob and Cambiasso. For me Cambiasso is the best answer without a single doubt. Bring him in and let him start next Masche.

His experience is highly needed for the WC, not to mention that he's still a hard worker, a defender and a goal scorer. Simply, a real leader for the midfield!


rey
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 9:03 AM
0
very bad news!!!! I can't believe it, this guy is much better than benenga and biglia at linking with the forwards!!!


emmyrossum
(Indonesia)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 8:45 AM
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damn! this is realy a bad news... i still remember when 2 start match at copa america when argentina just got draw against bolivia and colombia with cambiasso as a partner along side masche, but batista change his tactic in the 3rd match, he replace chuchu to gago and argentina win 3-0. so, i think cambiasso is not a good options to become a mascherano partne.


Freeman E
(Namibia)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 8:23 AM
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I'd take Lucho Goncalez and Maxi Rodriguez for the deep midfielder over Cambiasso coz they play with energy. Cambiasso and Riquelme won't fit in the Sabella system coz they love a slow game which kills Messi's game. by the time Messi got the ball in the Riquelme days the whole opposition midfield had enough time to get behind the ball. Anyway, I'm not worried coz Sabella has already said that it'd be very difficult for El Cuchu to make the squad and it makes sense in my opinion.


vik
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 8:15 AM
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@deb thank you i stand corrected. looking at the last 5 games for Napoli he as started 4 of the 5 games and came on in the 4-2 win against Lazio. just to add what i meant to say was in the last 4 years of him consolidating his CB partnership with Garay for us i am happy with his game EVEN though he might of filtered in and out of club games during the time.


vik
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 8:08 AM
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here is another thought;
recently, due to the constant change of pace in the game, especially in the EPL players like Giggs, Lampard and Gerrard have been pushed further back and more central in the pitch. most probably due to age and the experience of dictating and passing ability.

so why not try players like Maxi Rodriguez as a deep lying playmaker? he was fine against Bosnia in the recent friendly and scored against Uruguay in the last world cup qualifier. its just a thought


Deb
(India)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 8:06 AM
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@vik: 'Granted that Fernandez is not getting enough game time' You are still 1 year back in time am afraid. Fernandez has been a regular with Napoli for so many months now.


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 8:04 AM
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Is Lucho Gonzalez an option? He had a good first half season at Porto providing assists and scoring goals. Knows how to defend. No idea how he performs in the desert these days, but surely brings experience.


vik
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 8:03 AM
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@el principle...i have just read your previous post and i totally agree:

I would go with Cambiasso for that position.its a no brainer for me! Banega can go back to the bench! phew!

how i forgot about Esteban at Inter i will never know!


vik
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 7:58 AM
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It's been raised time and time again about the whole CM position and whether Gago can hold it together against the tougher opposition. If he is not healthy at the moment then this is frighteningly worrying for us supporters to endure if we watch bigger fish drown us out in midfield.
This world cup will be like every other previous world cup. Won by a team with a strong defence and midfield.
I honestly don't have major issues with our defence. Zabeleta and Garay are stellar defenders. Granted that Fernandez is not getting enough game time but he is more than ok. Rojo isn't that bad. Actually no he's good.
Di Maria has been playing the same role required of him for Real Madrid as is for the NT. Which has improved his alot and is just brilliant news for us as he won't feel disjointed now for us.

But back to this Midfield issue and Gago....he had so much potential, he is gifted no doubt but is vulnerable to losing the midfield battle to more athletic and bigger players. apart from his instinctive passing ability namely knowing to find Messi or a late runner into the box i am afraid he went missing in larger important games for either Real or Valencia and then finally Roma. However he still has the opportunity to grow and dictate as he should with age and him moving to back to Argentina is not a huge set back even though i am of the partial belief that europe and even more so playing in either Spain, Italy, Germany or England genuinely improves a player.

So the real issue if not his ability is then his fitness and build. he is slim in size and for me a true CM or a combative creative midfielder tall or short should be aggressive in stature. Pirlo, Xavi, Xabi Alonso or even Schwienstiger are hard to push off the ball and have true grit along with the creativity.

We havent produced anyone of the same physique since Redondo, Riquelme or even Veron. Gago can will soon be able to match these players with creativity it has to be the inevitable with age. but he wont match there physical nature to put in the hard graft in during games when true grit and hustling was also important. namely like Simeone.

So then where does that leave this team.....for me we have to go for broke and play Banega. if some how Sabella can get this guys head straight and prepared than he should do a fair job. nothing amazing but just fair. because to be frank and i probably will get blasted for this by everyone...we dont have a true Center Midfielder who can not only create and link well with the defense but also to control the tempo and show a physical presence in midfield.

But! Lol! if Gago gets 'Match fit' in time for the world cup then he can do what he has been doing (For me) a fair job till now...and what i mean by a fair job is...consistently above average job.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 7:29 AM
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I think sabella wont use 3 man mid at wc... 4 man mid wit di maria-masch-biglia-messi will b a possibilty...


baker
(India)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 7:15 AM
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i hope biglia will step up in initial matches , he had already proved against uruguay and italy.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 7:04 AM
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At prsnt squad i think augusto will b de best option in gago pstn, definitely he dnt has de passing range of gago but is decent in holding on ball, more physical, gud at going frwd nd tracking back n dfndng, drcent vission on game... If not shud go for any outsider, not banega plz, wat abt gaitan...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 6:58 AM
1
Claudio yacob...??? I dnt knw watz de need f him...? He is gud at dfndng, bt his quality on ball n passing range isnt a WC stuff for me... As DM masch, biglia, enzo perez, cambi dis wud b my order...


Deb
(India)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 6:51 AM
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http://sportsmedicine.osu.edu/patientcare/sports_injuries/the_knee/mcl_injury/

How is an MCL injury classified?

Sprains are classified as Grade I, II or III, depending on the amount of instability - gapping between the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone). This can be determined clinically by a doctor, physical therapist, athletic trainer or with a MRI. A Grade I sprain does not have any gapping or instability. A Grade II sprain has gapping on the medial side of the knee, with a defined endpoint to this gapping; possible instability may be noted by the patient. A Grade III sprain is a full tear of the ligament fibers, with no endpoint to the gapping of the medial knee, leading to instability.

What is the treatement for an isolated MCL injury?

Isolated MCL sprains are most often treated conservatively, without the need for surgery. Physical therapy is prescribed to help the patient return to sport as quickly and safely as possible. For grade II and III sprains, the knee is often braced for walking, and sometimes the patient is initially required to be on crutches. Return to sport is expected in about 2 weeks for a grade I sprain, 4 weeks for a grade II sprain, and 6 to 8 weeks for a grade III sprain. However, each patient responds to injuries and rehabilitation differently and may take slightly longer to return their prior level of function. Some patients may also need to wear a brace when they return to sport.


Deb
(India)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 6:41 AM
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Great post @el principe. The best thing is Sabella can personally monitor Gago's recovery in Argentina and adjust his plans accordingly. So hopefully he will have everything thought of.

Isn't Alvarez a right midfielder? He may be a better bet compared to Augusto for me. His passing is just a notch better. What about Erik Lamela? How far he is from being fit?

I think in formations like 4-4-2 or 4-3-2-1, we will have lots of cover for Gago. If he is missing, we will have a no. of options to fill in that extra midfield role (besides Mascherano and Di Maria and Messi and without sacrificing Fab4) like Banega, Biglia, Maxi, Alvarez, Sosa, etc. It will be a more compact midfield and the player who replaces Gago will just have to do a decent job to keep playing the ball between Mascherano and the forward committed Di Maria and Messi.

In 4-3-3 we will miss Gago the most. In a 3-man midfield where Di Maria will be going forward all the time and Mascherano being a defensive minded midfielder, the role of the 3rd midfield is huge. Gago has spoilt us all this while with his great on field intelligence and positioning and passing. That would be missed. Not sure if Sabella would love to play that 4-3-3 thing in absence of Fernando Gago.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 6:39 AM
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Remember our case of Roberto Ayala in 2002. He was, along with Walter Samuel, two of the best defenders in the world, but just before the World Cup, he was injured and was predicted to recover in the second round of the World Cup. Bielsa was forced to play with Pochettino, Samuel, and Placente as his starting 3 in 3-4-3. Samuel took Ayala's place and Samuel's place was taken by Placente.

As a result, we lost in the first round. Samuel was not used to playing sweeper. Placente did bad in Samuel's position. Well I am not saying Ayala factor was the number one major factor, but definitely was one of the most important major factors.

We relied on Ayala so much that we would rather risk the half injured Ayala to the World Cup than sacrificing him.

Do we want that way for Gago now?


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 6:21 AM
2
As I said, every 2-3 weeks, there will always be news about players missing the World Cup. This week there are two: Gago and Willem (Holland).

Gago can still make it but it will be like the case of David Beckham injury in WC 2002. Gago when recovered in time will need some match practice to get his fitness back. Most likely he will be full game fit in the second round at the earliest. So I think too risky. Can we rely on just 3 players (Masche, Banega, and Biglia) for 2 starting spots at least for the first 3-4 games?

Maybe we can but again, the option is still this: Gago or bring someone else like Cambiasso who is in good form and is not too old for the World Cup.

However, please also notice this: Sabella's best position is 4-3-3. Notice that Masche always becomes the DM. Di Maria becomes the center/LEFT midfielder and Gago the center/RIGHT midfielder. Cambiasso is a pure center/LEFT midfielder.

Like this:

-----------Di Maria-----------------Gago
-----------------------Masche

Banega/Biglia can fit in easily as they both are better as right sided/center midfielder being right footed, but if we put Cambiasso in place of Gago. Cambiasso will be a bit less effective since Cambiasso is a bit similar in Redondo in this in that they both love to operate in the left/center side of midfield.

I know it's not that much of difference being on the left/center or right/center since they both are still in midfield anyway, but again, if it is Cambiasso. I hope Cambiasso will get used to it because we should not change Di Maria position. Di Maria has already mastered the left/center midfield position as he plays that in both Argentina and Real Madrid.

As for other candidates you guys mention: Enzo Perez? He's more of an defensive minded attacking midfielder. Augusto? He's a candidate as he is a right center midfielder. It can be him.

Sosa? Sosa is just good at back pass, that's it. He should change his position long time ago to DM, not AM. I would vote no for him. Guinazu? Apparently too old for Sabella now and does not play regularly for his club. He's one of those who Sabella said "players in the World Cup will be different from players in the WCQ". Brana, Somoza, Mercier? Hope not them.

I vote Cambiasso or Augusto Fernandez.


Deb
(India)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 6:01 AM
1
I am very disturbed from yesterday. Gago added a whole lot of value in our midfield. Don't know his recovery plan and schedule yet, but whatever class and romance factor has been remaining in Argentina midfield in recent years has mostly been due to his sleek passing and great build-up play with Messi and Di Maria. Get well soon, Gago.


Freeman E
(Namibia)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 5:58 AM
0
Isn't clear that to many of you that when the in-charge goes sick the deputy takes over. In this case, this is the reason why Biglia is going to start. Just in case Gago fails to recover in time, then I want to see Yacob over Cambiasso and Banega. I'd rather partner Masche with Maxi coz he plays with more energy than Cambiasso who is a good organizer but lacks fire in his play.


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 5:56 AM
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Forget about Banega. He can't instead for Gago and anyone. He's so weak, also in Newell's. So many lost of balls. It is unforgiveable in World Cup.
About Gago: I don't know. He was my fovourite Argentinian player in last year but he was so poorly recent and still unreliable.


Johnny
(Thailand)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 4:47 AM
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Definitely Guinazu over Sosa, though not over Banega for me.


Dante Pastrana
(United States)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 4:11 AM
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I actually prefer guiñazu in the squad for the world cup over Sosa and Banega as he brings other qualities in our team. I wouldn’t worry too much about Gago. I feel he’ll recover soon. Expected time for his injury is 6 weeks to 8 weeks so he’ll play in the world cup. I remain very hopeful and keep my fingers crossed!


Deb
(India)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 4:04 AM
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So just short of a full tear. And thankfully, not an ACL. 2 months sounds reasonable. And Sabella will surely keep an eye on the recovery. Fingers crossed.


miskan
(Indonesia)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 4:00 AM
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And sabella going to...pablo guinazu..lol


Johnny
(Thailand)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 3:41 AM
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"Grade two sprain in his left knee, with partial lesion of the collateral medial ligament"-from The Buenos Aires Herald.


Deb
(India)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 3:19 AM
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What is the injury? A knee or a hamstring or what exactly? We should know that also. May be there's a lot behind this 2 months thing, may be there's some precaution.


baker
(India)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 3:00 AM
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this is going to be the toughest choice than selecting 6th forward


mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 2:58 AM
3
@Lininho
Pastore is a attacking midfielder who has no concept of defense or how to go about it not to mention that he's been warming the bench for this entire season while Cambiasso is a central/box to box midfielder who is still playing at a high level. There is no logic (iron or otherwise) in taking the former over the latter.

Guys we have to remember that we still don't know the extent of Gago's injury and how quickly it will take for him to recover; after all with proper motivation a player can defy the odds and recover much quicker than anticipated (Sammi Kadhira is apparently ready to return soon with real madrid or Diego back in the day where they told him after the injury in bilbao that he'll never play football again only for him to defy the odds and return in 6 weeks) so never underestimate the 'mind over muscle' thing.



msi2
(France)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 2:56 AM
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How he could replace Gago, Isn't Enzo Perez an offensive midfielder?


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 2:53 AM
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@Johnny IMO he's okay, i suppose he could replace Gago but i would prefer Biglia, but much like every other player Mundo calls to be our shining savior, they make him seem great and thus overrated.


Johnny
(Thailand)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 2:46 AM
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I haven't seen Enzo Perez play much. Is he capable ?


ajith
(India)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 2:33 AM
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people here are blind.... here people are just supporting players whom they like... this is team game... we do not want to risk the world cup... we need quality quality and just quality... the three in benfica is the best mid fielders we have... they already combine and play... plus maria will give our midfield the strength we require... so pls


ajith
(India)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 2:29 AM
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perez is better option than cambassio.... pls sabella we need to win the world cup.


Lininho
(Brunei Darussalam)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 2:26 AM
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Lol. If Argentian is so much reliant on Gago..you know the rest of the story.

Why not a single invite for pastore? Better invite 20y older Cambbiaso..Iron logic!


Batigol
(India)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 2:18 AM
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Gago has been an important player under Sabella. Hope he will recover quickly. Get well soon gago. I would like to see an experienced cambiasso or former estudiantes player enzo perez getting a call up.


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 1:11 AM
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so who is it going to be Biglia or Bangega?? i still remember that time when both of them were not in the team and quite a few members here in mundo wanted both to be called up!!!!


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 1:01 AM
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His injury is like ronaldo of real and rooney of man utd , given rest thinking of upcoming world cup. Infact gago is heart of the midfield of argie.


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 12:35 AM
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damn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 12:34 AM
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Enzo Perez or Cambiasso...


Nithe
(Nepal)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 12:27 AM
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its a terrible news. I hope he recovers sooner than expected period. now there is a huge question whether unfit Gago should be or should not be taken to world cup??? My view is we should now try with different options may be yacob can be given chance I also see Cambiasso in the list to replace Gago just in case gago isn't fully fit for world cup. best of all would be Biglia. he is playing quite well in Seria A .although I m not totally convinced with any of these 3 players I have mentioned. We will surely miss Gago.


Johnny
(Thailand)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 11:56 PM
1
As time goes by, and if it looks like Gago is not going to be completely fit, I think I'd vote for Cambiasso as well. I'm not saying he would start ahead of Biglia, but I think he could be a valuable addition. I've never been completely convinced by Biglia, whereas with Cambiasso you pretty much know what you're getting.

All that said, it will be a big job replacing Gago regardless of who steps in.


Leandro
(United States)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 11:53 PM
1
Easy, start Biglia and bring in another Masch type sub (Bran~a, Guinazu, or a new face).. or just bring in Cambiasso.

I am not a huge Cambiasso fan, but he has been hot and as @Mafioso stated, he is best as a box to box player like Gago and not as much as a pure DM like Mascherano. Personally Id rather see Biglia start as he has more heart and more energy. Cambiasso would be an excellent sub for either Biglia or Masch in a pinch.

I hope Sabella brings Gago even if not 100%.. he deserves to be in the team for all his hard work these past 4 years. If he can get fit by the knockouts, dont start him.. but he would be a sound option as a sub for Biglia or Masch late in the game.

As for Banega.. he would do ok so long as none of our 4 defenders and Masch get hurt. This would mean Banega can push up, which is his better trait. Only problem with Banega is that he is a) slow and b) he is overindulgent with the ball and creates a ton of bbbaaaaaddd counter attacks for us, he gets stripped from dribbling atleast 3 times per half in midfield. Biglias simple and smart 1 touch passing is what we need. He brings more muscle. More energy and his long range passes are better than Gagos.

This is shitty.. but its not gonna break the team.

A creative alternative.. Maxi! I think he would do a fine job as an advanced DM.


baker
(India)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 11:35 PM
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am glad about biglias recent form but i really wish cambiasso to be in , his experience can be an asset to the team


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 11:33 PM
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Honestly, this was bound to happen and we ALL knew that, better happen now before we go anywhere than on the 2nd or 3rd game in the world cup or worse..

at least he'll know where his team stands, Sabella that is


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 11:27 PM
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He wont call willy, he wont call El Apache, he wont call Cambiasso!!then he better have a damn good replacement.


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 11:25 PM
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This is disastrous because of how reliant Sabella is on Gago. Sabella is stubborn to boot...he will not call Cambiasso. World of hurt here.


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 11:13 PM
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Not a good news to lost Gago, he's being doing great for N/T, Time is running fast, Cambiasso and Yacob is another name for the subs, although Sabella will optimize Biglia or Banega for covering Gago roles


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 10:58 PM
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http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2029288-lionel-messi-having-another-strong-season-at-barcelona-despite-criticism

Enough Said.....


baker
(India)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 10:51 PM
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Sad news flowing in for argentine fans , i just hope he will be fine before WC.


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 9:47 PM
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We can name Cambiasso or Biglia.But no one will be able to do what Gago offers.His connection with Messi and non stop direct meaningful passes from deep.Argentina won't as beautiful as it is with Gago.I hope Sabella finds a way.You have to be able to handle this situation if you are a champion material.Iniesta was injured for first 5 matches of WC'10,they had suffered without him,lost a match and on the verge of elimination against Paraguay,but coped with this situation.


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 9:33 PM
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Big blow!Practically Gago has only 10% chance of making it to the WC,if Sabella does not want take a unfit player.I think Gago was going through worst of his form in club level.Gago was never that good for club as he is for nt.But his club performance was never bad either.He had a good season with Roma,he had a good 1st season with Boca.But this year not so much,actually having a pretty bad season.This is obvious,you can't play good if you are injured for 3/4 times in a single season.My logic says this factors will/would have big effect on his performance in WC.I don't know if he can replicate his past nt form for the WC where quality and intensity is much high.

Cambiasso will be our 2nd best player of this season in terms of form and consistency.If you watch Inter,you will see how he controls the whole midfield
all by himself.I can debate with you all day if you can name more than 2 CM better than him for this season.

Actually Gago's injury has opened a big door.That's cambiasso.However,Cambiasso's performance with nt was never that great.Main reason is manager always used him as an masche type dm,where he excels at going forward.Batista used him that way,but during 2011 he was in terrible form.

The question is-will Sabella actually call him for first time and if called, will he be able to handle him like Mourinho and Mazzari!? Otherwise we have a big reason to worry.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 9:31 PM
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Biglia has been doing great at the defensive aspect. One of the best tacklers in seria A. I would not want banega as a sub for biglia. Maybe yacob will get a chance.


stocky
(Grenada)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 9:30 PM
1
bring back riquelme we need a play maker in the middle


stocky
(Grenada)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 9:27 PM
0
it will be total disrespect to other players for sabella to go to the world cup with a man short waiting for Gago to return so I don't see that as an option but then again who he like is who he like so he will do anything.
My second point is that his way of thinking is killing the team when something like that happens because he fail to try other players when he had the chance and now is almost to late so he will have to gamble.


Alex
(United States)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 9:26 PM
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Without being too much of a pessimist, it is likely that there will be a few others who will be injured and not be able to make the Mundial, just prepare for it. Hopefully Sabella is flexible and preparing strong alternatives. He has so far been far better than his recent predecessors in avoiding stupid choices (anyone remember Caniggia and Chamot in 2002, Scaloni but no Zanetti in 2006, Palermo/Garce/Pozo but no Zanetti/Cambiasso in 2010), but I worry about his choices for backups. He has a few poor choices lurking in his mind, I'm sure of it.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 9:20 PM
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Shit!!!


Johnny
(Thailand)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 9:16 PM
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I forgot about Banega. If he was more consistent I'd be singing his praises, but he's not. Also without Gago's pace and consistency with completing passes. Banega was more of a DM when he was with Boca but he's now more of a playmaker. He doesn't do either as well as Gago though.


Johnny
(Thailand)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 9:13 PM
0
Terrible news and no one for one replacement for Gago. Gago has done extremely well for the NT, not only as the link man to Messi, but also helping Mascherano to defend. The closest one for one replacement would be Biglia. Cambiasso ? He's not as adept at either of the positives that Gago brought...but then neither is Biglia. Ricky ? He can track back but he doesn't have the DM pedigree of Gago.

Looks like Sabella has to do some thinking, but I don't expect any surprising names for the last 30.


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 8:57 PM
0
I think Sabella might call Cambiasso or skip Gago group stage match. We are lucky to have easy group stages to be fair. In all group stage matches Biglia can cover very well but like @elpipita said need a backup so I can see Cambiasso get call


mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 8:53 PM
0
Damn it!!! That's some terrible news! But to be honest non of us are really surprised by this because Gago is made of glass.
Now the real question is should Sabella consider him to be out of the world cup and rely on Biglia or Banega as a replacement or is he still a viable option who will simply miss the first few matches?

As much as it pains me to say it but I think it's time to look for an emergency replacement because even if Gago does recover in time it will be very unlikely for him to remain fit throughout this grueling tournament.

Now looking at the options available:

1. Biglia

The obvious choice but if god forbid he also gets injured or carded there is no one to replace Masch.

2. Banega

Not a good choice considering his inconsistency, besides he's an attacking midfielder who CAN PLAY as a make shift CM and not the other way around.

3. Ricky

Not a good choice either, while he is a fantastic player he tends to excel as an attacking midfielder (think of Ricky as Argentina's Oscar, a creative midfielder who has defensive decipline).
Remember that at the beginning of the season with Inter he was marvelous but his form as dipped considerably the reason for is that Mazzarri removed him from the no.10 position and started using him as a CM along side Cambiasso so we shouldn't repeat the mistakes of the past.

Sosa

No.....just no!

Augusto

He's a good choice to be honest but just not good enough.

That leaves Cambiasso (who is a must now considering the fact that he's still going strong, his world cup experience and the fact that he already knows most of the team and doesn't require a long integration period).
Enzo Perez is a solid player but he hasn't really been fitted into Sabella's system and we've run out of time.

I suppose the silver lining here is the fact that this is happening now and not on the day of WC.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 8:47 PM
0
Abs: hello im im sure you have the champagne ready :)

i agree and its exactly what you, i and some others have been saying for along time.

those friendlies were to try new players and ideas and i don't feel we have used them wisely to form some reliable back up players and gago injury shoes us how quickly things change in football as they say "one day you are in and the next you are out"


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 8:43 PM
0
I really wish he make it. Sometimes they recover fast. I hope that


Abs
(United States)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 8:12 PM
1
That's a big deal, and exactly why we were calling for names to be tested before the world cup. Biglia and Banega are there, but they won't provide what Gago offer.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 8:00 PM
0
trini: YES


guled
(United States)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 7:45 PM
0
Wish it was romero instead


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 7:37 PM
0
Yes Sir, good thinking Trini, I LIKE IT>


trini
(Trinidad And Tobago)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 7:34 PM
2
Anyone heard of a veteran who could step right in and fill the gap? his name is Estaban Cambiasso.


Alam
(India)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 7:25 PM
1
enzo perez is the player i would recommend to get select for our team


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 7:23 PM
0
Go with Ricky or Enzo Perez...I even like Iturbe in there. I am not sure about the timing though, the World Cup starts in 2 months, so maybe he wouldn't be fit, but should be available?

Its no surprise though, the guy is made out of porcelain and all you need to do is fart on him and he is out a month.


Sol
(United States)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 7:00 PM
0
Considering that Gago has started most of the WC qualifiers, this is a big deal. I feel bad for him, but I hope his replacement is ready.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 6:42 PM
0
shit shit and shit now to plan b and that is who?
sadly gago is not replaceable and as some would tell us its to late to try other options.
who to try to fill his boots? as he needs to be replaced.


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 6:36 PM
0
Is anyone surprised? I sure as hell am not. This has got to be his third injury since January. I hope he gets well, but we should truck along without him if you ask me. Pretend he's not even an option if Sabella will still include him.

Enzo Perez, Jose Sosa and Rodrigo Braña's stock has just risen.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 6:30 PM
0
Wow, better now than a week before the WC.
We all knew how susceptible to injures he is.
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