Dybala and Di Maria, Lo Celso out of Argentina squad – The New Indian Express

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Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria were included in coach Lionel Scaloni’s 26-man Argentina World Cup squad on Friday after recovering from injuries, but there was no room for Giovani Lo Celso .

Captain Lionel Messi will lead the Qatar team to their fifth and likely last World Cup.

Last month, Roma striker Dybala suffered a thigh injury and Juventus winger Di Maria pulled his hamstring, apparently casting doubt on their participation in the World Cup.

But Scaloni decided to bring both despite neither having played for almost a month.

However, Villarreal midfielder Lo Celso, on loan from Tottenham, is out as he needs surgery for his hamstring injury.

“They are all proud to be chosen and to wear this jersey,” Scaloni said of the selections.

Argentina are on a formidable 35-match unbeaten streak and won the Copa America last year, beating hosts Brazil 1-0 in the final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

They haven’t won the World Cup since the late Diego Maradona inspired them to victory in 1986, although they lost two finals to Germany in 1990 (then West Germany) and 2014.

“We’re having a good time with Argentina, people are waiting, they’re getting restless, they think we’ve already brought the cup home but it’s not that easy,” the 35-year-old Messi said recently.

Two-time world champions Argentina begin their World Cup campaign in Group C against Saudi Arabia on November 22 before further clashes with Mexico and Poland.

Full staff:

Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa/ENG), Geronimo Rulli (Villarreal/ESP)

Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla/ESP), Nahuel Molina (Atletico Madrid/ESP), German Pezzella (Real Betis/ESP), Cristian Romero (Tottenham/ENG), Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica/POR), Lisandro Martinez (Manchester United/ ENG), Nicolas Tagliafico (Lyon/FRA), Marcos Acuna (Sevilla/ESP), Juan Foyth (Villarreal/ESP)

Midfielders: Leandro Paredes (Juventus/ITA), Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis/ESP), Enzo Fernandez (Benfica/POR), Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Alejandro Gomez (Sevilla / ESP), Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton / ENG)

Forwards: Paulo Dybala (Roma/ITA), Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Angel Di Maria (Juventus/ITA), Nicolas Gonzalez (Fiorentina/ITA), Joaquin Correa (Inter Milan/ITA), Lautaro Martinez ( Inter Milan/ITA), Julian Alvarez (Manchester City/ENG)

Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria were included in coach Lionel Scaloni’s 26-man Argentina World Cup squad on Friday after recovering from injuries, but there was no room for Giovani Lo Celso . Captain Lionel Messi will lead the Qatar team to their fifth and likely last World Cup. Last month, Roma striker Dybala suffered a thigh injury and Juventus winger Di Maria pulled his hamstring, apparently casting doubt on their participation in the World Cup. But Scaloni decided to bring both despite neither having played for almost a month. However, Villarreal midfielder Lo Celso, on loan from Tottenham, is out as he needs surgery for his hamstring injury. “They are all proud to be chosen and to wear this jersey,” Scaloni said of the selections. Argentina are on a formidable 35-match unbeaten streak and won the Copa America last year, beating hosts Brazil 1-0 in the final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. They haven’t won the World Cup since the late Diego Maradona inspired them to victory in 1986, although they lost two finals to Germany in 1990 (then West Germany) and 2014 “We’re in a good moment with Argentina, people are waiting, they’re restless, they think we’ve already won the cup but it’s not that easy,” the 35-year-old Messi said recently. Two-time world champions Argentina begin their World Cup campaign in Group C against Saudi Arabia on November 22 before further clashes with Mexico and Poland. Full squad: Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa/ENG), Geronimo Rulli (Villarreal/ESP) Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla/ESP), Nahuel Molina (Atletico Madrid/ESP), German Pezzella ( Real Betis/ESP), Cristian Romero (Tottenham/ENG), Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica/POR), Lisandro Martinez (Manchester United/ENG), Nicolas Tagliafico (Lyon/FRA), Marcos Acuna (Sevilla/ESP), Juan Foyth ( Villarreal/ESP) Midfielders: Leandro Paredes (Juventus/ITA), Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis/ESP), Enzo Fernandez (Benfica/POR), Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen/GER ), Alejandro Gomez (Sevilla / ESP), Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton / ENG) Forwards: Paulo Dybala (Roma / ITA), Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain / FRA), Angel Di Maria (Juventus / ITA), Nicolas Gonzalez (Fiorentina / ITA), Joaquin Correa (Inter Milan / ITA), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan / ITA), Julian Alvarez (Manchester City / ANG)

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