Daily Links: 58 Days to World Cup

Buda Mendes

Injury worry for Italy, 'Golden Generation' out to prove their worth, and Zidane as France manager? Your latest World Cup news, right here in TLR's Daily World Cup Countdown.

Gago could miss World Cup

Argentina are sweating over the fitness of midfielder Fernando Gago, who sprained his knee during Boca Juniors goalless draw against Santa Fe last Sunday.

Zidane asked for France job

France legend Zinedine Zidane had approached French Football Federation (FFF) chief Noel Le Graet, to be the coach of the national team, following Laurent Blanc's departure in 2012.

Abete backing Prandelli

With Cesare Prandelli set to put pen to paper on a two year contract extension, FIGC (Italian Football Federation) chief Giancarlo Abete has offered his support for Prandelli. The 56-year old manager took over as Italy's coach back in 2010 and led them to the final of Euro 2012.

No World Cup for Antonio Cassano?

The Parma striker has been named to Prandelli's 42-man squad that will take part in a fitness test in Florence. However, the 31-year old will not participate due to an ankle injury, putting his participation in the World Cup in jeopardy.

"Golden generation" have not prove anything - yet

Despite qualifying for the World Cup this summer (their first major tournament since World Cup 2002), Marc Wilmots insist that his Belgium side, dubbed by many as a dark horse heading into the tournament, have not proven anything yet.

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