Branston keen on Argyle stay
Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:50:00
Inter Milan striker Antonio Cassano could be out of action for at least a month with a hamstring injury.
Cassano was forced off during Inter's 4-3 defeat at home to Atalanta on Sunday, with the club subsequently confirming that he had sustained a grade two hamstring strain.
It is thought the 30-year-old will miss at least the next four weeks.
"Cassano underwent a series for tests after being forced off in the first half of last night's match against Atalanta," said a club statement on their official website.
"The scans revealed that the striker has suffered a grade two hamstring strain."
The news deals a blow to Inter's hopes of qualifying for next season's UEFA Champions League.
Sunday's defeat left them eight points adrift of third place in Serie A, currently occupied by local rivals AC Milan, with seven games remaining.
Inter's top scorer for the season, Rodrigo Palacio, is currently out of action with a thigh problem while fellow striker Diego Milito was ruled out for the season in February with a cruciate knee ligament injury.
The veteran defender has been at Home Park on a short-term contract since January and has made 15 appearances as Argyle battle for their Football League lives.
The 34-year-old, who has made 27 moves during his career, is out of contract in the summer and would love to stay at the club.
But he is prepared to wait until Argyle's fate is decided.
"I understand the situation I am in and I am thankful for being given the opportunity," he said. "I am the first one to know football so I am planning to use the games to showcase myself and prove that I want to be here.
"If the gaffer doesn't want me here, then it's up to him. Luckily at the minute, I'm playing every week. When the gaffer gives me the call, I'm happy to talk about it.
"I'm only thinking about the football at the moment, after the season I will start thinking about contracts. The gaffer has been great with me and I hope I repaying him on the pitch."