The context seemed to be favorable for Mauro Icardi. Almost three years after his last time with the shirt of the Argentina national team, his competition in the position dragged injuries or a marked inactivity, while he accumulated minutes and goals in the Paris Saint Germain. But one injury during the match against Brest On the last day of Ligue 1 he collapsed the house of cards: you should spend about three weeks in recovery.
The 28-year-old attacker He started the first three PSG appearances with victories and collaborated with two annotations. His football present was ideal and the versions indicated that Lionel scaloni He had it in his plans to meet him again for the triple knockout date that the Argentine national team will face during the first days of September: Venezuela (2/9), Brazil (5/9) and Bolivia (9/9).
The French newspaper L’Equipe reported that the Argentine had an X-ray that ruled out a bone injury in the shoulder area, but will have for more than three weeks recovery for an acromioclavicular sprain. That will inevitably marginalize him in the face of a possible national appeal.
The alternatives for the coach of Argentina in the attack were drastically reduced due to the sensitive injuries of Sergio Aguero –has two months of recovery– and Lucas Alario -He still has not recovered from the problems in his right leg that sidelined from the Olympics-. At the same time, Lautaro Martinez He is going through multiple problems: he could not make his debut at Inter this weekend after dragging a suspension in Italy, dragging a small annoyance and could miss a match of the National Team if he accumulates another yellow on any of the three dates that lie ahead.
In this context, the name of Icardi gained space to return to the Argentine team. Beyond that he was in the official orbit for the last America Cups but never made the final cut, the former Inter of Italy has already accumulated almost three years without wearing the colors albicelestes. With just eight formal appearances for the country, Mauro added minutes for the last time in the friendly victory against Mexico (2-0) of November 2018 under the leadership of Scaloni himself.
Taking into account the recent Copa América lists and that of the Olympic Games that Fernando Batista drew up, the offensive options could be those of Ángel Correa, Joaquín Correa, Julián Álvarez, Adolfo Gaich or Ezequiel Ponce, all with different characteristics. Scaloni’s official payroll is expected to be known in the next few hours.