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Hernandez targets World Cup return

Star Argentina back Juan Martin Hernandez has vowed to "do the impossible" and play at the World Cup later this year.

Hernandez ruptured a knee ligament playing for Racing Metro against Bourgoin in the French Top 14 at the weekend and is likely to be out for six months.

He told his own website: "We are not far from the World Cup and the timescale is very tight, but I will do the impossible to be there and fight for a spot in the team."

Argentina coach Santiago Phelan is likely to give his star man until the very last minute to prove his fitness, and there is speculation in South America he may grant him a squad place even if Hernandez is only able to play in the knockout stages.

The Pumas open their Pool B campaign against England on September 10 and also take on Scotland, Georgia and Romania.

Team doctor Guillermo Botto was realistic when asked about Hernandez's chances of appearing in the game's showpiece event.

He said: "Usually this kind of surgery takes six months to recover from. And we're exactly six months away from the World Cup.

"So we have to be optimistic and work towards that.

"He will obviously not have the ideal training, and will miss the rhythm of playing matches before the World Cup, but he may be fit to play in New Zealand."

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