Marcos Acuña of Sevilla to miss Argentina World Cup qualifiers


Marcos Acuña of Sevilla will miss Argentina’s two World Cup qualifying matches.

Acuña will not be taking part in Argentina’s World Cup qualifying matches this month due to injury. He was substituted on for Sevilla in their match against Rayo Vallecano but after only 13 minutes asked to be substituted off. He was seen holding the back of his thigh.

He would miss the first World Cup qualifier against Venezuela on March 25 with the second on March 29 against Ecuador. Here is the preliminary list of players:

Franco Armani (River Plate)
Juan Musso (Atalanta)
Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa)
Esteban Andrada (Monterrey)
Geronimo Rulli (Villarreal)

Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla)
Nahuel Molina (Udinese)
Juan Foyth (Villarreal)
Lucas Martínez Quarta (Fiorentina)
Germán Pezella (Real Betis)
Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica)
Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur)
Lisandro Martínez (Ajax)
Nehuén Pérez (Udinese)
Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax)
Marcos Acuña (Sevilla)

Franco Carboni (Inter)
Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain)
Guido Rodríguez (Real Betis)
Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid)
Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen)
Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United)
Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal)
Roberto Pereyra (Udinese)
Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa)
Alejandro Papu Gómez (Sevilla)
Nicolás Gonzalez (Fiorentina)
Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla)
Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United)
Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton)
Nicolás Paz (Real Betis)
Tiago Geralnik (Villarreal)
Valentin Carboni (Inter)

Ángel Di María (Paris Saint-Germain)
Luka Romero (Lazio)
Matias Soulé (Juventus)
Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Lautaro Martínez (Inter)
Ángel Correa (Atletico Madrid)
Julián Álvarez (River Plate)
Giovanni Simeone (Verona)
Lucas Boyé (Elche)


  1. Left back options: natural LB – only Tagliafico and U20 players Carboni and Valentin Barco of Boca. CBs who can play as LB (never a great idea in my opinion) – Lisandro Martinez and Medina. Nico Gonzalez played as a LB for us once and did pretty well, even scored a header I think in that game.

    • I love this situation…it will give Scaloni a mandatory backup check in coming matches…as a starter and as a sub.
      BTW it was injury/suspension forced Scaloni to change many of his first team players… remember how Emi, Romero etc become integral part of our team.

      • Emi and Romero were sureshot after their performance, you can not take Serie A defender of the year out if your team and Emi was great in Arsenal and in Villa

        • But Scaloni used them because of other players suspension/injury…they took that opportunity to cement their place.
          If Otamendi -Romero going to partner in will be crime to put Lisandro waiting just in sub role. Let Lisandro play as LB in one of these matches and CB in other. He’s a must starter for me. Else he should get chance in midfield. He deserves to be in starting X1.

  2. I expect PSG and Juventus total overhaul next season. Both clubs have pride. There is no way second round exit of CL does not affect them. Most of their players should be for sale. Dybala, Di Maria, Paredes, and probably Messi should wear another jersey next season.

    As for Messi and Di Maria, I hope anything BUT MLS please.

    • Huge Salary of Messi will be problem for most of the clubs… plus if PSG not willing to sell’s impossible for him to change.
      Dybala and Dimaria will be free agent soon…!
      Until this coming WC…they should be perfect..that’s it..

  3. I am happy for Villareal, this team is not exceptional individually but play collective with a pragmatic coach. Will be nice to see a final Chelsea-Villareal with 2 coaches fired by PSG and show the whole world how the management fucked up in this club.

  4. Only Tagliafico, Licha Martinez (if emergency can play LB), and the 17 year old Franco Carboni who can play LB among the squad. LB is our thinnest position. We practically only have 2. Other positions we have 3-4. Any young talents of LB is highly on demand as it has always been since Sorin retired.

    • The LB position is not thin at all, as you said there is Tagliafico and Licha, not to mention that Scaloni could call up Medina if need be.
      With Dibu, Acuna, Cuti and Celso all absent, this would be a great oppertunity to test the team’s depth, I see no problem what so ever.

    • I think City, Atletico, Chelsea and Villareal will pass. Liverpool spending too much energy in EPL, low of defensive problems with Bayern, Benfica and Real Madrid quite limited

      • Yea, Real Madrid was gifted by PSG, all 3 goals came from silly defensive mistakes. Assuming other teams dont pull the same stupid mistakes, they could upset Real Madrid.

        If Atletico managed to sneak in a goal and sit back , it could be big problem for them.

        Real Madrid rely on some veterans that most likely will be tired in last quarter of the season.

        • would be nice to have those 4 teams in semi because they play total different football: city on the possession, atletico and villareal based on extreme pragmatism and defensive football, chelsea fast transition.

  5. Well, lets see how our left wing looks like without Acuna. He’s been key player under Scaloni, very strong on the ball and could threaten with his great crosses.

    Tagliafico doesnt have much creativity, rarely venture forward, but I think if we have Papu playing on that left side , its ok to have Tagli at least for these 2 matches.

  6. Shows up to fashion week but never shows up for Juventus when it matters. His hair cut and stylish looks doesn’t reflect an excellent performance on the field. Sadly Dybala have to leave Juventus. Be new and start over. Juve is not a right club to develop the skills

    Give Dybala a chance to perform on next WCQ Let’s discuss what he will brings to N/T after the 2 games. Is he important or just an overrated players. Overall, i still believe he is a good player and deserved the call but by the end only performance and contribution do the evaluations.

    • Given his age Dybala should be at his best in physical terms. Sadly, he is not. He was much fitter in his Palermo days.

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