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Argentina News: Romero out of World Cup

1 year ago

In the latest Argentina news, goalkeeper Sergio Romero has been ruled out of the 2018 World Cup with a knee injury.

La Albiceleste scraped into the finals following a late surge in CONMEBOL qualifying, with Lionel Messi netting a hat-trick in the final qualifier to book their place.

Their build up to the tournament has been somewhat haphazard, beating Italy 2-0 and then losing 6-1 to Spain in the March friendly internationals.

Jorge Sampaoli’s attacking approach is still to take shape and doubts linger over both his preferred formation and who will start in defence.

Despite being second choice behind David de Gea at Manchester United since joining in 2015, Romero has been the man between the sticks for his country since his debut in 2009.

He played in the 2014 World Cup final defeat to Germany and, with 94 caps, the 31-year-old was expected to become just the sixth Argentinean to become an international centurion in the coming months.

However, he has been ruled out of the tournament after suffering a knee injury in training.

Nahuel Guzman of Mexican side Tigres UANL will now join the squad and head to his first World Cup, having been part of his country’s squads at the 2015 and 2016 Copa Americas.

Chelsea understudy Willy Caballero is likely to become the first choice, having made his debut in March against Italy before playing on the disastrous night against Spain.

Despite doubts surrounding their goalkeeper and defence, Argentina still have a glittering attack, most notably skipper Messi, who is likely to retire from international football after the tournament.

The Barcelona man will be keen to go out with a bang and is 7/1 with William Hill to be Player of the Tournament for the second straight World Cup.