Lionel Messi will start for Argentina against Venezuela on Friday in the World Cup qualifiers as coach Lionel Scaloni held another training on Wednesday with five youth players training with the team.
Messi trained with Argentina on Wednesday, just as he did on Tuesday and will be starting in Friday’s World Cup qualifier. As we reported earlier, the front three is rumored to be Lionel Messi and Nicolás González with Julián Álvarez or Joaquín Correa. Lautaro Martinez is out with COVID and will miss the match.
Alexis Mac Allister trained along side Rodrigo De Paul and Leandro Paredes in training. One of Alexis Mac Allister and Exequiel Palacios are expected to start in midfield.
Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni selected five youth players which trained with the team. Those five were Alejandro Garnacho of Manchester United, Matías Soulé of Juventus, Julián Aude of Lanús, Tiago Geralnik of Villarreal and Franco Carboni of Inter.
Three youth players are rumored to have a chance to be on the bench. Per TyC Sports, Alejandro Garnacho, Nicolás Paz of Real Madrid and Luka Romero of Lazio could be on the bench as Scaloni will be without many of his players due to suspensions and injuries. HEre is the rumored eleven:
Franco Armani; Nahuel Molina, Germán Pezzella, Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolás Tagliafico; Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Alexis Mac Allister or Exequiel Palacios; Lionel Messi, Joaquín Correa or Julián Álvarez and Nicolás González.