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Sampaoli to reveal World Cup tune-up squad tomorrow

Argentina's national team head coach will announce his squad for team's two Spring friendlies at a press conference.

Wednesday 28 February, 2018
Argentine national team head coach Jorge Sampaoli will announce his roster for the team's two spring friendlies ahead of the World Cup in a press conference tomorrow.
Argentine national team head coach Jorge Sampaoli will announce his roster for the team's two spring friendlies ahead of the World Cup in a press conference tomorrow. Foto:NA

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Argentine national team head coach Jorge Sampaoli will announce tomorrow the squad for the Albiceleste's two spring friendlies ahead of the World Cup in Russia.

Sampaoli will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. at the Argentine Football Association (AFA) facilities in Ezeiza.

Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuaín will be included, despite a recent injury, while Juventus midfielder Paulo Dybala, surprisingly, will not. Higuaín and Manchester City forward Sergio Agüero, another definite pick, are expected to lead the line at this summer's tournament.

Dybala is the surprise omission, although the situation is slightly more understandable due to his lack of game time over the past month, when he was out injured.

Returning to the squad are previous contributors Wilfredo Caballero, Marcos Rojo and Ramiro Funes Mori, while Ajax defender Nicolás Tagliafico is being called up for the first time. The squad will not include local players.

Racing's Lautaro Martínez and Boca Junior's Cristian Pavón are likely picks for Russia, while Pablo Pérez, Enzo Pérez, Maximiliano Meza y Franco Armani are on Sampaoli's radar as well.

Argentina play Italy at the Etihad Stadium (Manchester City) in Manchester on March 23 and Spain in the Wanda Metropolitano (Atlético Madrid) in Madrid on March 27.

-TIMES/PERFIL

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