With FIFA World Cup comes to a close, Jorge Sampaoli has announced its 23-man provisional squad that will likely perform for this summer’s biggest tournament in Russia.
However, it is subject to change until the final list of 23 players is confirmed and published by the international football governing body this coming June 4. (Don’t forget to check 12BET for the best Free Betting Tips)
According to the 58-year-old Argentine coach, the national team will be led by Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi together with Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, who had injury problems recently.
With the words of Sampaoli, he said that “”Agüero has been training as normal since last week, he is in no discomfort. Biglia is not too much out of shape, so we will have to see how he is when he joins”
To sum it all up, Sampaoli picked Messi, Aguero, Paulo Dybala (Juventus), and Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus) as forwards while the defenders are Cristian Ansaldi (Torino), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Federico Fazio (Roma), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax).
For the midfielders, the coach has chosen Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica).
Meanwhile, the goalkeepers are Wilfredo Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate) and Manchester United keeper Sergio Romero, who have been removed from the list of 23 players due to a knee injury.
Based on the statement by the Argentinian Football Association, Romero’s extent of injury requires surgery. (Sign Up now for more updated sports news and events)
“Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero will be removed from the list of 23 players who will participate in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The player of Manchester United today suffered a joint blockage in his right knee which requires surgery.”
Moving forward, the 2014 runners-up will open their 2018 World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16 before facing Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.
Stay tuned for the forthcoming events, Predictions and Betting Odds as FIFA World Cup in Russia comes to a close.
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