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Fernando Gago: Ex-Real Madrid midfielder now in the frame for Boca Juniors coaching job

 Thursday's clash with Boca's arch-rivals River Plate will give the Aldosivi coach the perfect chance to show he can step up to a bigger club

Of all the rivals he faced in his career, Fernando Gago tended to suffer his worst misfortunes when lining up against Marcelo Gallardo's River Plate.

The wonderfully elegant midfielder, who could have gone on to be one of the world's best in his position had it not been for his chronic injury problems, suffered no fewer than three serious Achilles heel ruptures in Superclasicos while playing for River's arch-rivals Boca Juniors, in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Those setbacks, added to two separate cruciate ligament tears, all in the space of five years, ultimately forced Gago to hang up his boots at the end of last year at the relatively young age of 34.

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