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Argentina president out for the count with fractured ankle

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2014, file photo, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez gives a speech, aired on national TV, during an event at the Casa Rosada government palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. President Fernandez said Monday June 16, 2014, that Argentina can't comply with U.S. court orders to pay $1.5 billion to winners of a decade-long legal battle over defaulted debt, the position her country was left in Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear her government's final appeal. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2014, file photo, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez gives a speech, aired on national TV, during an event at the Casa Rosada government palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. President Fernandez said Monday June 16, 2014, that Argentina can't comply with U.S. court orders to pay $1.5 billion to winners of a decade-long legal battle over defaulted debt, the position her country was left in Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear her government's final appeal. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File)

The Argentine president's doctors say Cristina Fernandez has suffered a fracture in her left ankle.

Doctors Marcelo Ballesteros and Daniel Fernandez said in a statement they signed Friday that they have recommended that the ankle be immobilized. The doctors did not say what kind of blow caused the fracture.

The 61-year-old leader has been sidelined with various ailments in recent months. In November, Fernandez was hospitalized for several days for inflammation of the colon. She was obliged to suspend her presidential activities for 48 hours in October due to a sore throat.

In January, the president was treated for hip pain and sciatica, and in July she missed Independence Day celebrations to continue recovering from an acute throat infection. Last year, she underwent head surgery to remove a blood clot.

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