World Cup: Argentines Nicolas Gonzalez and Joaquin Correa forfeit

Argentinian strikers Nicolas Gonzalez (Fiorentina) and Joaquin Correa (Inter Milan), injured, had to withdraw from the World Cup, the Argentine Football Federation (AFA) announced on Thursday.

“During practice today, Nicolas Gonzalez suffered a muscle injury and was removed from the roster for the Worlds. As a replacement, the Argentinian staff summoned Angel Correa”, Atlético Madrid striker, wrote the AFA on the selection’s Twitter account.

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. To replace him, the young striker Thiago Almada (21), who plays in Atlanta in the MLS championship, has been called.

On Wednesday, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said he was considering making changes to his roster of 26 players, with several of them “not 100 per cent”.

The regulations allow coaches to change players on their roster in the event of injury up to 24 hours before the first match. Argentina will start the World Cup on Tuesday against Saudi Arabia.

Agencies

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