Palermo not confident about World Cup
By Luis Murillo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Palermo was one of a number of strikers fighting for a place in Argentina`s World Cup squad, but the injury cast doubt on his participation in Japan and South Korea.
The striker, who is back in Spain to continue treatment on his broken leg, said: "I really felt like starting (the treatment) here, because if you are quiet for a long time, then it´s hard to recover the fitness.
"This is the hardest stage, although the leg is okay. We are following the steps that were planned with the managing team, but it is not good to accelerate the process. If I can, as it happened when I played for Boca Juniors, I will return earlier.
"It is very difficult. I haven't talked to Bielsa (Marcelo, Argentinian coach). Doctor Gastaldi made me be hopeful, but I prefer to think day by day."
Palermo added that he was a big fan of his replacement, Juan Antonio Pizzi, who scored the winner on Sunday in the 2-1 win over Tenerife.
"He is a tough player in the penalty box and will help the team a lot because he is very experienced in the Primera Liga.
"Pizzi can give much to the team. He is strong and is adjusting well to the rest of his team-mates. It was a good job that he scored against Tenerife. It is the win that makes the team strong."