Argentina have been boosted by the news that Inter star Esteban Cambiasso has shaken off a muscle tear and will be fit for the start of the Copa America.
The experienced midfielder was called up by Sergio Batista despite being on the injury list, and was left out of the Albiceleste's final friendly match against Albania on Monday afternoon. Lucas Biglia and later Fernando Gago filled in for Cambiasso, as Argentina strolled to a straightforward 4-0 victory.
On Thursday evening, however, ESPN reported that the player had resumed full training with the rest of the squad in the Seleccion's Ezeiza complex, and completed a full day's work without showing any discomfort or ill-effect.
The 30-year-old has won 50 caps for his nation, and now that his fitness has been proved he is almost a certainty to be included in the final squad of 23 players. Batista is planning to announce the list of call-ups on Saturday morning, and will cut three squad members.
Early indications suggest 'Cuchu's' Inter team mate Diego Milito, Lanus star Diego Valeri and Boca's Luciano Monzon will be the trio who make way from those called-up on a preliminary basis.
Argentina will then open the Copa America in La Plata next Friday, against Bolivia.