Argentina players available, unavailable for March World Cup qualifiers


Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni will have several players available but a few unavailable for the March World Cup qualifiers.

Lionel Scaloni announced his list of players last week for the matches against Venezuela and Ecuador. However, of those players, many are unavailable due to injuries, suspensions or illnesses.

But of those players called, four more are also travelling with the team. As we reported, Emiliano “Dibu” Martinez and Emiliano Buendia of Aston Villa, Cristian “Cuti” Romero of Tottenham Hotspur and Gio Lo Celso of Villarreal are all going to be with the team for the two matches. The four players are suspended for two matches due to breaking Brazilian COVID protocols.

The only player suspended for the match against Venezuela, outside of the four mentioned above, is Gonzalo Montiel. He received a yellow card in Argentina’s last match against Colombia.

Here are the names of the players which have been called up by coach Lionel Scaloni and their status:

Franco Armani (River Plate)
Juan Musso (Atalanta)
Geronimo Rulli (Villarreal)

Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla) – Suspended vs. Venezuela
Juan Foyth (Villarreal)
Nahuel Molina (Udinese)
Germán Pezzella (Real Betis)
Lucas Martínez Quarta (Fiorentina)
Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica)
Lisandro Martínez (Ajax) – Injured, not travelling with the team
Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax)

Franco Carboni (Inter)
Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain)
Guido Rodríguez (Real Betis)
Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid)
Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen)
Luka Romero (Lazio)
Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton)
Valentin Carboni (Inter)
Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United)
Nicolás Paz (Real Madrid)
Tiago Geralnik (Villarreal)
Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United)

Ángel Correa (Atletico Madrid)
Matias Soulé (Juventus)
Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla)
Ángel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain) – Injured, expected to miss match vs. Venezuela
Nicolás González (Fiorentina)
Joaquin Correa (Inter)
Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)
Lucas Boyé (Elche)
Lautaro Martínez (Inter) – COVID, will miss match vs. Venezuela
Julián Álvarez (River Plate)

Will still travel with the team:
Emiliano “Dibu” Martínez (Aston Villa)
Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa)
Cristian “Cuti” Romero (Tottenham Hotspur)
Gio Lo Celso (Villarreal)

Marcos Acuña and Alejandro Papu Gómez are also injured and will miss the two matches.


  1. Mr free flowing attack from Bangladesh..i doubt now you are a Bangladeshi..I spent my 7 yrs in Bangladesh..and what I found was bengali people are kind very polite and geninune..
    Why are you in this forum of Argentina fans..
    Yes definitely time will tell who will win and who will loose in world cup..
    Mr free flowing attack remember it’s a fact that Argentina is only one country who had maradona and Lionel other country have that..
    Brazil won WC in 1962 1966 1970 1974 1994 2002..
    Argentina won in 1978 1986..
    In those era of 60s football is not like of this I think it’s a fluke of Brazil won that time..
    See the past WC performance
    2006 Brazil played with Australia Japan Croatia (old Croatia) Ghana France QF
    Argentina played Netherlands Serbia ivory Coast mexico Germany reached QF
    Brazil played Ivory coast Portugal north Korea chile Netherlands reached QF
    Argentina played South Korea Greece Nigeria mexico Germany reached QF
    Brazil played Croatia Cameroon mexico chile Colombia German Netherlands.. conceded 10 goals in 2 games
    Argentina played Iran Nigeria Bosnia and Herzegovina Switzerland Belgium Netherlands and Germany and reached final
    2018 Brazil played with mexico Belgium costs Rica Serbia switerland
    Argentina played Croatia Nigeria Iceland France
    So see Argentina always played tougher opponents and had a similar but good records in comparison with Brazil..
    Brazil haven’t beaten any European teams I’m knock out …so chill and see the records..pls learn more about football and come and talk with me

  2. FIFA should declare the Copa America more expensive than the World Cup.
    Only time will tell. When there will be two zero goals behind in the World Cup and there will be no creativity in the midfield.

  3. Armani, the guy who assisted Croatia goal! But he’d play in multiple WC just because he’s carrying Scaloni’s luggage

    The guy is our Maguire!

      • Armani was equally bad in CA 2019. He punched away every deadball, never catch it convincingly like Emi. His ball distribution is terrible aswell & often refuse to makes proper clearence, keep doing risky short passing at the back.

  4. I’m very disappointed that lich martinez isn’t available those two matchs we would have find out if he becomes third choice of scaloni list ahead of pezzella
    Behind first choice pair of scaloni, otamendi and cuti.The rumours already coming out Armani will start in goal i mean this is mad having Armani as second choice golie. Armani isn’t nt material now isn’t even open to discussion or opinions rather it’s the fact.
    Those who knows me well I defended Armani since 2019 upto when emi martinez came to the scene, musso and rulli are much better than Armani in fact rulli is number one when it comes ball playing golie or feet but he is mistake prone even though recently was superb form.
    – otamendi and pezzella I mean come on if scaloni think Argentina can’t beat Valenzuela and ecuador without otamendi than we are f…king seriously in trouble
    I mean what are we going to learn from him?
    – arg should treat these matchs as friendly
    Let musso or rulli angel Correa, Julian Alvarez, Palacios, play give chance foyth and Quarta as centre back pairing Since cuti and lich are not available.
    We will not learn anything we don’t know from otamendi and pezzella. give chance the fringes.

  5. Its time for alvarez to start and show at international level… I hope there will be chance for any younger player to play… Few mints. Specially garnacho..

  6. And now even Lautaro is missing but still no Dybala. Right now he is one of the best Argentine Players Clubwise… I feel really sorry for Dybala and I hope Scaloni is not making a bad decision by not taking Dybala. We all know that after the WC that Messi will not lomger be a part in another Tournament for Argentina…

    I was very impressed by Barca… We need Midfielders like Pedri and Gavi. And our talents should be brought to big Clubs… I mean Pedri and Gavi are like 19 and 17 and they play La Liga and Europa Leauge that’s impressive… I hope some Argentine Star will rise after Messi.

    Let’s hope for 6 more point from those 2 Games vamosss

  7. as I said previously, when I look at the list, we don’t have central midfielder able to play between lines and dictate the tempo. that’s why I don’t like 3 men midfield with NT. I guess scaloni may go with ocampos and nico om.each side and angel correa as fwd in 4231.

  8. Good thing we already qualified and are not in the same situation as 4 years ago when we needed to win the last game for WC 2018. With all the suspensions, injuries and players out of form, we would face some big challenges.

    It is going to be an experimental squad this time. Keeping the unbeaten track record would be nice, but if Ecuador needs 3 points, it is going to be very tough.

  9. Luka Romero got his first taste of Roma derby. He played 30 minutes. He held his own without anything special but surely didn’t look out of place on a big occasion.

  10. @Brazil Fan
    Your points tremendously contradict reality. Argentina and Brazil scored just as many goals and conceded just as many goals throughout the tournament. Even the same amount of clean sheets. You also got to the final with one goal leads. Doesn’t sound like much of a “free flowing attack” if a team that has nearly 10% less possession than you scores the same amount of goals. Typical yellow ignorance

    • my friend while i have the mood to take seriously the Brasil fan and speak logic it is really imposible in his case because he speak like 10 years old kid.
      just because there is absolutely nothing to say to support his theory that Brasil is better than us he keep repeat the same idiotic thing.
      Copa america cups not count.
      wins and results generally don t count.
      nothing counts.
      ONLY the 5 world cups against our 2 world cups count.

      my friend OR he is 10 years old kid and for that he is excused OR he is older so it means that he is totally IDIOT. other choice there is not exist in his case.

      imagine to say to one European person “you know something? Euro cups is not count. it is nonsence. only world cup count”. this person he will laugh to death and he will say you are MORON in best case.
      Holland, England and Portugal in his theory are small football nations.

      there is nothing serious to speak with this Brasil fan. don t waste your time with him my friend.

  11. Even if they end up not playing it is good that these core players will continue training with the squad. Good decision from Scaloni

  12. I hope we have fully fit and fresh squad before the start of world cup. Need to tell players to not over commit in club football like Messi.
    And Please dont peak before the start of world cup.

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