Argentina’s practice session on Wednesday produced a possibly glimpse into the mind of Diego Maradona. Although a frightening place in which Jonás Gutiérrez is worthy of a place in the team at right back, there were also one or two more lucid thoughts flitting about. In a kickabout against Sergio Batista’s Under 17 side, this starting XI is unlikely to be the one used on Saturday, and I won’t be reporting the teams used in Argentina’s training sessions for the rest of the week, but see if you can guess who’s up front. No, not him…
A possible starting lineup for Argentina against Peru:
J. Gutiérrez —- R. Schiavi —- G. Heinze —- E. Insúa
E. Pérez —- J. Mascherano —- A. Di María
L. Messi —- G. Higuaín
The inclusion of Gabriel Heinze at centre back along with Gutiérrez as a lateral is hardly the most encouraging statement about the defenders at Argentina’s disposal, but Ángel Di María returns after a three-match suspension and that, surely, is a decision that’ll continue into the competitive matches. Pablo Aimar’s inclusion as the enganche was widely touted and Lionel Messi had already voiced his approval at the idea, but the biggest about-turn has to be Gonzalo Higuaín’s inclusion in the starting lineup. And in the same lineup as Heinze!