As the 2018 FIFA World Cup inches closer, Argentina manager Jorge SAMPAOLI must figure out which players work well together in order to come up with a final roster of 23 to take to Russia. One of Argentina’s stars in world football, Paulo DYBALA, could be in a bit of danger in terms of being present for the summer tournament. TyC Sports reporter Martin Arevalo, who is usually spot-on with his information, reported today that DYBALA will not be a part of Argentina’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Italy and Spain.
Cuenta Martín Arevalo que Dybala no ira a la gira de la Selección por Europa pic.twitter.com/dEZnxWyREi
— Estudio Fútbol (@EstudioFutbol) February 26, 2018
This can be taken in a variety of ways. The alarmists will likely assume DYBALA has lost his place in the team, and they will point to the friction caused after his comments about not being able to play alongside Leo MESSI. The level-headed fans will point to his recent form and the recent injury that he had been dealing with for the past month before returning a week ago.
His absence in the upcoming friendlies in no way eliminates his chances of being at the World Cup. DYBALA is still one of the most talented players in the world. While DYBALA and Argentina fans shouldn’t necessarily freak out, this is at least a slight cause for concern. DYBALA was expected to be the next big thing for the Argentina national team, but that hasn’t happened to this point.
This might be a blow to that dream, but DYBALA’s talent should shine through in the end. Argentina will need DYBALA to play a big role this summer if they want to lift the trophy. But he will need to get in form and make a good impression on SAMPAOLI when given the chance before June arrives.