Perhaps not the most serious problem really, given that he didn’t take part in either of the first two qualifiers. Hernán Crespo suffered a slight contraction in his right leg whilst training with the selección on Thursday, and is now a doubt for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Bolivia.
Crespo was withdrawn from the training session purely as a precaution, and will undergo a last-minute fitness test to assess whether he’ll be able to play on Saturday, but it’s a bit of a blow for the side, who looked like they were missing an old-fashioned target man during the somewhat laboured away win over Venezuela in their last outing. Sergio Agüero was Crespo’s replacement in the practice match. Whether El Kun will form an attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez on Saturday, however, is yet to be seen.
The match against Bolivia will kick off at 16:00 local time (19:00 GMT, 15:00 EST) and will be played in the Monumental. The match against Colombia on Tuesday, meanwhile, has been confirmed for 19:50 (00:50 on Wednesday morning GMT, 18:50 EST) in Bogotá.
Am I even the least bit embarrassed to utter the selfish sentiments that follow? Ummm … nope. I guess not. LOL. I hope Crespo doesn’t play (and I have no problem reconciling my wish for Argentina to win win win with this …). That’s right. I don’t want any threat to Batigol’s record.
Poor Crespo just can’t seem to stay fit at this stage of his career. I like him as a #9, but if he keeps breaking down, Coco would do well to start looking for tall alternatives. I’m not convinced that the “short striker brigade” is the way to go.
Was it Monumental’s field’s fault? OOPS!!! And now, I’m watching the game and Cambiasso left the pitch in tears…OOPS again!