After a quite intriguing exclusion of Mauro Icardi, Argentina national squad face another exit ahead of their upcoming World Cup 2018 participation as their potential number one goalie, Sergio Romero has also been left out.
However, unlike Icardi’s situation, Romero’s exit was due to the injury he picked up a knee injury recently, forcing the Manchester United backup keeper to be removed from the initial 23-men-squad.
It’s a disappointing news indeed for Albiceleste, notably since the 31-year-old was certainly meant to start for Jorge Sampaoli team in Russia, but now the tactician will be pondering for a new starter.
With Romero’s exclusion, Nahuel Guzman of Tigres has been called up as replacement, which means he will be competing with Willy Caballero and Franco Armani for that number one spot.
It will be interesting to see who would be the one pick by Sampaoli in goal for Albiceleste, though Caballero might be slightly favorite due to his vast experience, despite haven’t been a starting keeper at club level in recent years.
Despite supposedly set to be Argentina’s number one, Romero’s absent in Russia certainly didn’t raise much controversy compared to Icardi’s omission.
The Inter Milan striker even voiced out his rant via social media, which further fuel minor voices regarding Lionel Messi and co’s chances in Russia.
Here is Argentina’s 23 men squad for Russia 2018 after Romero’s exclusion.
Goalkeepers: Wilfredo Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres)
Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Federico Fazio (Roma), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP).
Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Lucas Biglia (Milan), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors),
Attackers: Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus).