Official: Lionel Scaloni disaffected a footballer from the list for the classics against Uruguay and Brazil

Nicolás González continues to test positive for coronavirus and will not be able to participate in the double date of the November Qualifiers (REUTERS / Natacha Pisarenko)

In the run-up to the start of a new double date of the South American Qualifiers towards the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Lionel Scaloni received bad news. The footballer Nicolás González continues to test positive for coronavirus, so he cannot travel to take part in the momentous matches against Uruguay in Montevideo (on Friday 12, at 20) and Brazil in San Juan (on Tuesday 16, at 8.30pm). The account of the national team announced its withdrawal officially.

The one that emerged from the Argentinos Juniors quarry, which during this season ended up in Fiorentina of Italy from Stuttgart of Germany, is a regular in the calls for the native of Pujato. With the Major he comes from being champion of the Copa América in Brazil 2021 and participated in seven matches during this road to the World Cup, in which he scored two goals (against Peru and Paraguay).

Nicolás González was disaffected for the clashes against Uruguay and Brazil
Nicolás González was disaffected for the clashes against Uruguay and Brazil

Although the forward went through COVID-19 asymptomatically (he was diagnosed on October 26) and already has a sports discharge, the PCR still tests positive, which makes it impossible for him to travel. This case is similar to what happened at the time with Franco Armani, who despite being in optimal conditions without a negative test could not travel to Colombia to dispute Date 8.

In this way, the strategist of the Albiceleste he will not be able to count on an interesting piece to make up his offense. Argentina is in second place with 25 units, six behind the Verdeamarela, leader of the competition. Behind are Ecuador (17), Colombia (16) and Uruguay).

In this way now all eyes will be on Lionel Messi and Leandro Paredes, who carry various injuries. The captain, who a few days ago traveled to Madrid to consult about a condition in one of his knees, seems to be evolving favorably and the coaching staff are excited that he can be in front of the team from the start. Charruas. Otherwise, his place would be taken by Paulo Dybala, well present at Juventus

The situation of the central midfielder seems to be more complex, since he only did gym exercises and worked in a different way due to a tear in the left quadriceps. For this reason Scaloni decided to expand the roster of footballers by summoning Alejandro Gómez.

Another point to take into account is that 10 players are on the verge of suspension due to accumulation of yellow cards: Nicolás Otamendi, Gonzalo Montiel, Giovani Lo Celso, Rodrigo De Paul, Nicolás Tagliafico, Germán Pezzella, Lucas Martínez Quarta, Exequiel Palacios, Lautaro Martínez and Nicolás Domínguez.

Pending official confirmation, the probable 11 to visit Uruguay would be Emiliano Martínez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Marcos Acuña; Rodrigo De Paul, Guido Rodríguez, Giovani Lo Celso; Paulo Dybala or Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martínez and Ángel Di María.

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Official: Lionel Scaloni disaffected a footballer from the list for the classics against Uruguay and Brazil