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Boca Juniors confirm midfielder Fernando Gago's Achilles tear

Most footballers require three to six months to make a full recovery from a torn Achilles tendon.

Boca Juniors confirm midfielder Fernando Gago's Achilles tear
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Boca Juniors midfielder Fernando Gago faces months on the sidelines after rupturing his right Achilles tendon during his team`s Copa Libertadores final defeat to River Plate.

Gago limped off the pitch in the final minutes of Boca`s 3-1 extra-time defeat to their Argentine rivals in the second leg of the final at Madrid`s Bernabeu stadium on Sunday, a result that handed River a 5-3 win on aggregate, reports Xinhua.

He did not ride on the team bus as well, opting to travel in a private vehicle instead. 

"Be strong, Fernando," Boca said in a statement on social media after scans confirmed the 32-year-old`s worst fears on Monday.

Most footballers require three to six months to make a full recovery from a torn Achilles tendon.

Former Real Madrid playmaker Gago, who has been capped 61 times for Argentina`s national team, has been beset by a long list of injuries throughout his career, including two previous Achilles tendon tears.

The club`s next scheduled match is not until the final week of January, a Superliga Argentina duel with Newell`s Old Boys, but Boca is likely to return to action earlier in January for make-up games against San Martin and Atletico Tucuman, though no dates have been set.

Boca is in fifth place in the Superliga, with 24 points, 12 fewer than leader Racing Club.