The Argentine team held its first training session to face Venezuela next Friday, on the 17th round of the South American Qualifiers for the Qatar 2020 World Cup, after announcing at the last moment the absence of Lisandro Martínez, Lautaro Martínez and without The participation of Lionel, Leandro Paredes and Ángel Di María, who is expected to join the concentration of his team on Tuesday.
And the Argentine Football Association announced that Lisandro Martínez was excluded due to a muscle injury in his left leg, while Lautaro Martínez was discovered hours before traveling to Argentina due to the coronavirus.
Emiliano “Depo” Martínez, Cristiano Romero, Giovanni Lo Celso and Emiliano Buendía, who have been sanctioned by FIFA, will not be able to participate in the Venezuela match.
Alejandro “Papu” Gómez and Marcos Acuña also join these absences, since they are excluded due to injury.
Messi, accompanied by his teammates at Paris Saint-Germain, Paredes and Di María, will arrive in Argentina on Tuesday and will join training tonight.
Messi returns to the albiceleste team after missing the last two games against Chile and Colombia due to the Corona virus.
The leader of the ‘Dancers of Tango’ suffers from a cold and Di María is not in top shape, so Paredes is expected to be the only one of this trio to play a key role.
Argentina, which has already qualified for the World Cup in Qatar, will receive Venezuela on March 25 and will visit Ecuador four days later. After that, the postponed Brazil match will be played on a date yet to be determined.