There’s been a change of plans in Lionel SCALONI’s call-up list for Argentina’s trip to Saudi Arabia next month.
Initially, goalkeeper Esteban ANDRADA of Boca Juniors was expected to make the Argentina team along with Sergio ROMERO of Manchester United and Franco ARMANI of River Plate. This would have meant that Real Sociedad’s Geronimo RULLI (who made his debut in Argentina’s 3-0 win against Guatemala) would miss out.
However, during Boca’s 2-0 win against Cruzeiro in the Copa Libertadores, ANDRADA picked up an injury which would reportedly rule him out for about two months. This would likely open the door once more for RULLI to get another chance with the Argentina National Team.
The one rumored name which at this point looks almost like a sure bet to be recalled to the squad is Manchester City’s Nicolas OTAMENDI. The defender sat out the last set of friendly matches.
Gabriel MERCADO of Sevilla is also another one who is expected to make the team. He was initially in Argentina coach Lionel SCALONI’s list for the matches against Guatemala and Colombia but he, along with Eduardo SALVIO, had to miss out due to injury.
There’s still a question mark on Angel DI MARIA as he could make the list but there is still a possibility that he misses out. SCALONI is reportedly happy with what he saw from Gonzalo MARTINEZ, Franco CERVI and Exequiel PALACIOS, which would make DI MARIA’s inclusion a little more difficult.
Lionel SCALONI will announce his Argentina squad on Friday.