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Gretna release injured Yantorno

Fabian Yantorno has been on crutches
Yantorno has been injured since January

Hard-up Gretna have released injured Uruguayan playmaker Fabian Yantorno after admitting that they cannot afford to pay for his rehabilitation.

The 25-year-old has been sidelined since 19 January, when he suffered a knee ligament injury against Falkirk.

Gretna caretaker boss Mick Wadsworth said: "Fabian needs specialist rehabilitation, which we can't provide.

"It was his and his agent's wish that he could be released so he could go elsewhere for treatment."

Gretna this month went into administration and Wadsworth says the Scottish Premier League club do not have the finances or facilities to offer the care the player needs.

Collin and Buscher have exercised the right to try and find other clubs

Gretna caretaker manager Mick Wadsworth

Yantorno was Gretna's top performer in the first half of the season, scoring four goals since arriving from Uruguayan First Division outfit Miramar Misiones in the summer.

He could be followed out of Raydale Park by 22-year-old defender Aurelien Collin and 21-year-old striker Mickael Buscher, who have also asked to leave.

The French pair will seek dispensation from Fifa to join new clubs despite the closure of the transfer window.


FA Cup semi-finalists Barnsley have been strongly linked with Collin.

"They have exercised the right to try and find other clubs," added Wadsworth.

"Whether Fifa allow them to do so, I don't know - that's the chance they're prepared to take.

"I'm very disappointed to a degree because Gretna gave them a great chance for nothing, but their contracts will probably be cancelled on Tuesday."

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