Rugby World Cup 2011: Felipe Contepomi fit for Scotland match

Felipe Contepomi
Contepomi played in Argentina's opening World Cup defeat by England

Argentina captain Felipe Contepomi is set to return from injury for their must-win World Cup Pool B clash with Scotland in Wellington on Sunday.

Contepomi, 34, suffered a rib injury in the Pumas' 13-9 loss to England and subsequently missed their 43-8 win over Romania.

But after rigorous treatment he has been named at inside centre.

"Today [Friday] I had full-on training. It's not pain free, but I think it worked well," said Contepomi.

"I'm taking pain killers, anti-inflammatories and ice after the training session.

"I had a procedure done by the doctor of the team - a small injection of dextrose, it's glucose, but it's nothing illegal.

"It's just time. We knew it was going to be very tight. Luckily I've rested enough and I was lucky that it healed quickly.

"Hopefully I will be playing if nothing happens in the next 48 hours. Anything can happen in a game, but my idea is to try to play 80 minutes."

Contepomi's inclusion means Martin Rodriguez has been moved to full-back, while Santiago Fernandez remains at fly-half.

Also returning from injury is back-row Julio Farias Cabello, with Alejandro Campos left out of the match-day 22 altogether and Lucas Gonzalez Ambrosino dropping to the replacements' bench.

Argentina head coach Santiago Phelan emphasised the importance of Contepomi and said: "He's the captain. He's important not only as a player, but as the leader of the team.

"He's in good condition to play and it's very important for the Argentina team."

Having already lost to England, Argentina know a win against Scotland is vital to maintain their World Cup challenge.

Winger Horacio Agullo, who was delighted at Contepomi's return, told BBC Scotland: "It is really important for us.

"Contepomi is one of the best players we have and he is the captain for us."

Argentina team to face Scotland:

M Rodriguez, G Camacho, M Bosch, F Contepomi (capt), H Agulla, S Fernandez, N Vergallo; R Roncero, M Ledesma, J Figallo, M Carizza, P Albacete, J Farias Cabello, JM Leguizamon, JM Fernandez Lobbe. Replacements: A Creevy, M Scelzo, M Galarza, G Fessia, A Lalanne, L Gonzalez Amorosino, J Imhoff.

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