It appears that with MESSI not fully recovered, Nico GAITAN will be starting against Chile.
Lionel MESSI is set to fly today to join his teammates in San Francisco following his trial in Spain and will be arriving on Saturday morning. That’s good news but here’s another one which is less pleasant.
He might not start in the opening match against Chile. Partly because maybe there is some significant truth about his injury which was reported recently on La Nacion.
Should MESSI sit out for this one, Nicolas GAITAN will be brought in as his replacement. In fact, Nico has been deputizing MESSI over the last few training sessions.
As of now, the possible starting line-up chosen Tata MARTINO against Chile will be….
Sergio ROMERO; Marcos ROJO, Ramiro FUNES MORI, Nicolas OTAMENDI, Gabriel MERCADO; Ever BANEGA, Javier MASCHERANO, Augusto FERNANDEZ; Angel DI MARIA, Gonzalo HIGUAIN and Nicolas GAITAN.