Four Argentina names missing for March matches due to fitness issues


Four Argentina players are missing from the team for the matches in March due to fitness issues.

Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni announced his list of players for the March matches against El Salvador and Costa Rica. From that list of names, four players were not included.

Gonzalo Montiel, who scored the penalty that won Argentina the World Cup, is not included. Lisandro Martínez is also not included as he is out due to a knee injury.

Marcos Acuña is also not included, he is out with a hip injury. Guido Rodríguez has been out since December due to an ankle injury and he is not included in the team.

Here are the players that have been selected for the two matches:

Here are the players called up by Scaloni:

Franco Armani (River Plate)
Walter Benítez (PSV)
Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa)

Germán Pezzella (Real Betis)
Nehuén Pérez (Udinese)
Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica)
Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur)
Nicolás Tagliafico (Lyon)
Marcos Senesi (Bournemouth)
Nahuel Molina (Atletico Madrid)
Valentín Barco (Brighton)

Ezequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen)
Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid)
Leandro Paredes (AS Roma)
Alexis Mac Allister (Liverpool)
Enzo Fernández (Chelsea)
Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur)

Nicolás González (Fiorentina)
Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United)
Facundo Buonanotte (Brighton)
Valentín Carboni (Monza)
Ángel Di María (Benfica)
Lionel Messi (Inter Miami)
Julián Álvarez (Manchester City)
Lautaro Martínez (Inter)
Paulo Dybala (AS Roma)


  1. Dybala has entered his another phase of sublime form ! If he could only stay fit more, he would be easily the most creative and clinical forward along with Drbrunne and Mbappe in Europe right now!

    • It does not matter if he is fit or in form. He is still not given minutes in the national team.

      That he fails to perform for the national team is also a myth BTW. Even for the national team, Dybala has an assist or goal every 100 minutes since 2018. This is FAR better than Alvarez (180 minutes) and Nico Gonzalez (200 minutes).

      • Yup! Criminally neglected and under played! Especially in 2018, he should have started and peak Icardi should have been Aguero’s backup. Also, If Dybala was subbed in before half fit Lautaro in the 2022 final, the match would have never gone to penalties.

  2. I hope he fully recovers for COPA, him and Romero are the future and a must if this defense wants to keep improving.
    Otamendi has done his part, good and bad, handing Brazil their only loss in WC qualifier history is insane but also many bad things when there was nobody else to fill that spot.

    Messi is playing today and as we all know, he tends to be in a funk until he scores and all doors open up……looking forward to see him score today and more.

  3. Why ARMANI is always there. I think Sergio Romero is far better than him. Why SCALONI don’t select any young goalkeeper from local league. In the Qatar world cup he called up FEDERICO GOMEZ GERTH who is the worst goalkeeper ever for ARGENTINA. I don’t know whether there will be any changes in goalkeeping position but I am personally fed up with his selection. Instead of SENSI AND PEREZ SCALONI Could have given MATIAS SOULE a chance, because Italy has not given up hope on MATIAS SOULE AND LUCAS BELTRAN.

  4. Lisandro is going above and beyond for United which is not good for his longevity! If he keeps getting injured they will soon turn on him and make him public enemy no1! United fans are the most toxic fans and second is Madrid fans. Dimaria went above and beyond for Madrid in 2013/2014 and what did he get in return?

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