As the Argentine Football Federation (AFA) announced on Thursday, the two Argentine strikers Nicolas Gonzalez (Fiorentina) and Joaquin Correa (Inter Milan), injured, had to forfeit the World Cup. To replace them, the selection called Angel Correa and Thiago Almada.
“During practice today, Nicolas Gonzalez suffered a muscle injury and was removed from the roster for the Worlds. As a replacement, the Argentina staff have called up Angel Correa”striker of Atlético de Madrid, wrote the AFA on the Twitter account of the selection.
An hour later, the Federation announced, still on Twitter, that Joaquin Correa was also going to leave the group due to an injury, the nature of which has not been specified.
On Wednesday, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said he was considering making changes to his 26-man roster : “There are players who are not at 100%. We have a few small problems”he said after the victory of his team on Wednesday against the United Arab Emirates (5-0) in a friendly match played in Abu Dhabi. Four players, including Nicolas Gonzalez, did not take part in this match.
The regulations allow coaches to change players on their roster in the event of injury up to 24 hours before the first game. Argentina will start the World Cup on Tuesday (11 a.m.) against Saudi Arabia.