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Argentina's injury problems are showing signs of improvement in the run-up to the World Cup™, according to team doctor Donato Villani.
Forwards Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi, midfielder Javier Mascherano and defenders Roberto Ayala and Gabriel Heinze are doing well, Villani said in a radio interview.

Tevez, who hobbled out of a match for Brazil's Corinthians two weeks ago, has twisted his knee but not done any serious damage, he said. Tevez himself said on Monday that he was ready to play again.

Tevez's Corinthians team-mate Mascherano has recovered from a stress fracture in his left foot which sidelined him for nearly six months.

"He still has to be careful about possible musuclar injuries as he's spent a long time without playing," said Villani.

Ayala, who missed the 2002 FIFA World Cup through injury, is reported to be ready for action again after a knee operation in February while Heinze should be able to play in April, Villani said.

"He (Ayala) is ready ... now he has to wait for his coach to decide when he can play," said Villani.

"Heinze is coming along very well, he will probably start training in the middle of next week and we hope he will be playing in another three weeks."

Messi is also progressing well after tearing a muscle in his right leg during Barcelona's UEFA Champions League tie with Chelsea on 8 March 8, he added.
 
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