Argentina goalkeeper Romero out of WC

Agencies . Buenos Aires | Published: 00:20, May 24,2018 | Updated: 12:53, May 29,2018

 
 

A file photo from May 22, 2018 shows Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero stretching during a training session in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires. — AFP photo

Argentina’s World Cup preparations suffered a blow on Tuesday as goalkeeper Sergio Romero was ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury, the Argentina Football Association said.
The Manchester United goalkeeper injured his right knee during training in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.
‘Romero will be removed from the list of 23 players who will participate in the 2018 World Cup in Russia,’ the AFA said in a statement.
Romero, 31, is the most capped goalkeeper in the history of the Argentina national team with 83 appearances and represented the country at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
The AFA said Romero had suffered a blockage in his right knee and was being evaluated surgically.
As well as his World Cup experience, Romero has represented Argentina in three Copa Americas and was also a member of the side that won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman was called into Argentina squad on Tuesday as a replacement for Sergio Romero.
Guzman, who plays for Mexican side Tigres, joins Chelsea’s Willy Caballero and uncapped River Plate stopper Franco Armani in Argentina’s 23-man squad for Russia.
Coach Jorge Sampaoli took just minutes to decide on Guzman after Romero’s exclusion was announced on Tuesday.
Guzman, the 32-year old former Newell’s Old Boys keeper, has won three league titles in three years with Tigres and been capped six times for the national side but just once since 2015, in last summer’s 6-0 friendly win over Singapore.
He will form part of the squad for Argentina’s farewell friendly against Haiti at Boca Juniors’ ground on May 29.
Argentina, beaten finalists in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, open their Group D campaign in Russia against Iceland on June 16.
Other first round opponents include Croatia and Nigeria. 

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