The Argentine coach, Lionel Scaloni, has confirmed Lionel Messi in the list of 28 players called to play the matches against Ecuador and Bolivia at the start of the South American qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
In this way, with respect to the 30 initial players from abroad that Scaloni had initially mentioned, 5 are out for different reasons.
Walter Kanemann tested positive for coronavirus this week at the Brazilian Guild, while Agustín Marchesín (Porto, Portugal), Renzo Saravia (Inter de Porto Alegre, Brazil) and Germán Pezzella (Fiorentina, Italy) will not be present due to injury.
Likewise, Cristian Pavón (Los Angeles Galaxy, United States) was released due to a logistical issue of transfer and return to his country of origin.
From the local level, the Albiceleste coaching staff cited Esteban Andrada and Eduardo Salvio, from Boca Juniors, and Franco Armani, Gonzalo Montiel and Lucas Martínez Quarta, from River Plate.
In this way, Scaloni already knows the players that he will officially have in the Argentina matches for the beginning of the qualifiers, against Ecuador as a local in the Bombonera and against Bolivia as a visitor in the Hernando Siles de La Paz.
Messi leads Argentina’s project towards Qatar 2020 since he received a pardon for the expiration of a suspension day that led to the last Copa América 2019 and will be in this new bet from the first day.
Among the novelties on Scalino’s list are Nehuén Pérez, Atlético de Madrid central defender, as well as other Spanish League players such as Marcos Acuña, Guido Rodríguez, Lucas Ocampos or Juan Foyth, who recently joined Villarreal.
All of them and Nicolás Otmendi, who will fly from Lisbon, will depart this Monday from Barcelona in Messi’s private plane, which will also be boarded by Luis Suárez, who will join the Uruguayan squad in Montevideo.
The rest of the players will leave late this Sunday from Madrid and will arrive in Buenos Aires on Monday at mid-morning to join the ‘health bubble’ that the Albiceleste organized in the property that the Argentine Football Association (AFA) has in the Buenos Aires town of Ezeiza.
After these two games, the team will have to face Paraguay and Peru in the qualifying rounds in November, while in 2021 Uruguay and Brazil will be the first opponents.
– The list of mentioned players:
Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors), Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa, England), Juan Musso (Udinese, Italy).
Defenders: Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Lucas Martínez Quarta (River Plate), Nehuén Pérez (Atlético de Madrid, Spain), Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica, Portugal), Gonzalo Montiel (River Plate), Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax, Holland ), Marcos Acuña (Seville, Spain) and Facundo Medina (Lens, France).
Midfielders: Leandro Paredes (PSG, France), Guido Rodríguez (Betis, Spain), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese, Italy), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham, England), Nicolás Domínguez (Bologna, Italy), Lucas Ocampos (Seville, Spain), Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton, England), Alejandro Gómez (Atalanta, Italy) and Eduardo Salvio (Boca Juniors).
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Spain), Paulo Dybala (Juventus, Italy), Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Lautaro Martínez (Inter, Italy), Joaquín Correa (Lazio, Italy) and Giovanni Simeone (Cagliari, Italy) .