A first rumored line-up is out for Argentina as preparations continues ahead of Tuesday’s friendly match against Spain.
After having missed out on training with the squad on Saturday, captain Lionel MESSI participated in the training session on Sunday at Real Madrid’s training complex. However, more bad news hit the team in terms of injuries. Zenit St. Petersburg’s Leandro PAREDES and West Ham United’s Manuel LANZINI both picked up knocks in their right legs and are not fully fit. It remains to be seen if they will take part in the match on Tuesday. With the already injured Sergio AGUERO, Angel DI MARIA and a not fully fit Lionel MESSI, this brings the list of injury hit players to five.
A photograph by Spanish media AS was taken of Jorge SAMPAOLI’s notebook with the names of players on it. That photograph included one team consisting of six players and another team consisting of seven players. On one side, these were the names:
Team 1 ahead of Spain match:
ROJO, OTAMENDI; MASCHERANO, BIGLIA; PAVON, HIGUAIN
Team 2 ahead of Spain match:
FAZIO, FUNES MORI; BIGLIA, PEREZ; MEZA, MARTINEZ, PEROTTI
MESSI as the wild card. BUSTOS and TAGLIAFICO’s names were put in as the ful backs with ACUNA, MERCADO and CORREA’s names put in on the side.
However, La Nacion is reporting that this could be the eleven to start against the 2010 World Cup champions:
ROMERO; BUSTOS, OTAMENDI, ROJO, TAGLIAFICO; LO CELSO, MASCHERANO, BANEGA; MESSI, HIGUAIN, PAVON
All three goalkeepers, that is to say Sergio ROMERO, Willy CABALLERO and Nahuel GUZMAN, all did specific training sessions.