The first Argentines Abroad of the new season will be a shortened one, with an appeal below for HEGS readers who’d like to contribute to this section on a league of their choice. The main news in the field this week is that Emiliano Dudar, of Young Boys in Switzerland, is now stable in hospital after coming out of an induced coma following a bad fall after an aerial challenge during yesterday’s match against FC Basel. Ever Banega was injured much less seriously playing for Valencia, but will miss Argentina’s friendly with Japan in Tokyo next month, as well as his club’s European Cup match with Manchester United soon.
Dudar clashed with his team-mate François Affolter and fell heavily, was medically attended-to for eight minutes on the pitch and transferred to hospital immediately after. The initial diagnosis was a serious fracture of the skull and a broken nose, and it was reported just after 1pm Argentine time today (that’s in the last hour before this story went online) that he’s come out of the coma the doctors put him into. At the time of his injury his side were leading 2-0, but perhaps not surprisingly they found it harder going afterwards and eventually drew 2-2. Ánimo, Emiliano.
Banega suffered a sprained ankle during Valencia’s 1-0 win over Racing Santander, and it’s serious enough to keep him out for a minimum of 20 days, and more likely closer to a month. Elsewhere in La Liga, Javier Mascherano had a debut to forget to Barcelona, after which he was self-critical and stated that, ‘I need to adapt to La Liga,’ as the champions surprisingly lost 2-0 at home to newly-promoted Hércules in the Camp Nou.
In Italy, Nicolás Burdisso was shown a red card for Roma after only 22 minutes of their match away to Cagliari. At the time the score was 1-1, but Cagliari ended up thrashing the ten-man visitors 5-1. Internazionale beat Udinese 2-1 with Walter Samuel, Javier Zanetti, Esteban Cambiasso and Diego Milito all starting. Javier Pastore scored for Palermo even as they lost 3-2 away to Brescia.
Now, that appeal for writers. Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted that whilst Argentines Abroad is an attempt to give a sense of the main Argentine-player-related stories each week, it generally descends into lists of who’s scored for which clubs in which leagues. This is for the very simple reason that I can’t watch every league in world football ever weekend, even less so when a) I’m very lazy in the mornings, and b) I spend most of the weekend watching matches in the Argentine league.
Tom Clark provides some excellent writing on the Mexican top flight for me, which I hope he’ll be continuing with this season, and that’s inspired me to see whether any other HEGS readers would like to contribute similarly. You don’t need to be as lyrical as Tom or as clinical as me, and there’s no ‘house style’ to worry about (although your contributions will be edited slightly into British English). If you watch a league I regularly mention in this section, or one that’s rarely or ever mentioned, please get in touch at email@example.com (I’m not making that a clickable link to avoid spam, sorry) and I’ll email back with details of when to send things in and so on. I obviously can’t offer payment of any sort, but I will link to the blogs of anyone who contributes regularly, and you’ll get the pleasure of seeing your name in lights (well, pixels) every Monday or Tuesday right here.
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