Santiago Silva to play for Boca after being cleared to appear in Clausura - report

Previously unable to play in the domestic league, an injury to Nicolas Colazo allowed the club to call up the Uruguayan and a vote of Primera directors ratified their decision
Controversial Boca Juniors signing Santiago Silva is reportedly in line to make his Primera Division debut with the club in Sundays clasico against San Lorenzo.

According to Ole, Boca coach Julio Cesar Falcioni will play the powerful centre forward in the Nuevo Gasometro, as the club look to extend their unbeaten run which stretches back to the previous Clausura tournament. Silva is expected to partner Pablo Mouche up front, with Dario Cvitanich dropping to the bench.

The former Fiorentina man was not cleared to play in the local tournament when he signed in 2012, due to the fact he had already represented the Italian side and Boca's local rivals Velez Sarsfield across the 2011-12 season and doing so for a third club would be in contravention of Fifa regulations.

Silva was cleared to play in the Copa Libertadores and made his first appearance against Zamora in a 0-0 draw in February.

A knee injury to Nicolas Colazo, however, opened up a registration spot for the club and they appealed to the Argentine Football Association (AFA) to fill it with 'El Tanque'.

Velez put in a strong protest against the move, but a general meeting of Primera directors voted to allow Silva to play domestic football.