Lobbe injury blow for Argentina
Argentina's World Cup aspirations have been hit by the news that influential back row Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe has been ruled out of the tournament with a serious knee injury.
The Toulon forward suffered the injury during his side's dramatic Pool B victory over Scotland on Sunday.
Scans have revealed that the 29-year-old ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. He is expected to be out of action for six months.
Lobbe was a key member of Argentina's passage to the semi-finals in France four years ago and his loss will be keenly felt by a squad that lost Juan Martin Hernandez before the World Cup and centre Gonzalo Tiesi during the event.
Argentina are battling to get out of a tight group and are currently level on points with Scotland going into the final round of pool games.
The Pumas can reach the quarter-finals if they record a big win over Georgia on Sunday.
They are waiting news regarding experienced prop Rodrigo Roncero, who has a right thigh injury which requires further examination, and loose forward Juan Manuel Leguizamon, who has an injured left ankle.