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Sam Rules Santa Out Of Internationals

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has ruled striker Roque Santa Cruz out of Paraguay's forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, as well as, obviously, the crunch game against West Ham tomorrow.

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino initally named Santa Cruz in his squad for the matches with Uruguay and Ecuador coming up next week.

Paraguay are understood to be sending a team of specialists across to England to confirm Santa Cruz's condition.

But a defiant Allardyce, speaking to Sky Sports said - 'We will obviously tell them he is not capable of travelling.

'They are due to pay a visit, and we will have the discussion, but Roque is not fit to play any game of football until, at the very, very earliest, against Tottenham (first weekend in April).

'It could be beyond that, so I can't see him going to Paraguay because he is not capable of playing.'

'I think he'll be back this season.

'He is responding to treatment, but a lot slower than we expected,

'He is a talented player, we all know that, but I've managed without before as he was injured when I arrived.'

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 20 2009

Time: 1:44PM

Your Comments

hopefully jrob and benni will reunite up front tomorrow and they bring their A game.
dominator2800
hopefully jrob and benni will reunite up front tomorrow and they bring their A game.
dominator2800
4-4-2 for me tomorrow. Get Morten left, bring on the Diouf on the right and get Grella and Dunny in the middle. Get into em!
Mikey D
4-4-2 for me tomorrow. Get Morten left, bring on the Diouf on the right and get Grella and Dunny in the middle. Get into em!
Mikey D
grella is out mikey..... itl prob be dunny aaaaaand oh, um andrews? is givet gona be back? if givet is back, then dunny and warnock! shud be a pretty good match me thinks, west ham hav got afew injury problems atm!
whitey_82003
grella is out mikey..... itl prob be dunny aaaaaand oh, um andrews? is givet gona be back? if givet is back, then dunny and warnock! shud be a pretty good match me thinks, west ham hav got afew injury problems atm!
whitey_82003
Alright then... Warnock and Andrews/Dunn! I will have my way lol! Givet is good to go by all accounts!
Mikey D
Alright then... Warnock and Andrews/Dunn! I will have my way lol! Givet is good to go by all accounts!
Mikey D
I agree 4-4 f'ing 2 !
Money4midfield
I agree 4-4 f'ing 2 !
Money4midfield
Mike Bassett - England manager?
Mikey D
Mike Bassett - England manager?
Mikey D
We didnt we jus sell roque in january....we could have got a lot of fit midfielders for that amount
redstarman
We didnt we jus sell roque in january....we could have got a lot of fit midfielders for that amount
redstarman
 

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