Ankle injury might sideline Nalbandian

Updated: April 4, 2004, 10:40 AM ET
Associated Press

MINSK, Belarus -- David Nalbandian might not be able to play for Argentina in this week's Davis Cup quarterfinal against Belarus because of an ankle injury.

"Nalbandian still has not recovered. His participation in the match against Belarus is in great question," Argentina captain Gustavo Luza said Sunday.

Nalbandian has not played since he injured his ankle in the Davis Cup first round in February, when he helped Argentina beat Morocco 5-0. He has a 6-1 record in the Davis Cup.

Luza did not say who would replace Nalbandian if he is unable to play, but Juan Monaco and Juan del Potro, who were not selected to the team last week, arrived in Minsk with Luza.

Agustin Calleri and Lucas Arnold also arrived. The fourth team member, Guillermo Coria, was playing Sunday in the final of the Nasdaq-100 Open.

"I consider our chances for success 50-50," Luza said. "The Belarus team is very strong, especially when they play at home."

Belarus' team consists of Max Mirnyi, Vladimir Voltchkov, Alexander Shvec and Andrei Karatchenia.

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