Argentina squad v Brazil & Colombia: Messi and Agüero injured, Higuaín back in

Gerardo Martino has announced Argentina’s squad list for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers at home to Brazil (Thurs 12th November) and away to Colombia (Tues 17th), from which his side desperately need some good results after a disappointing start in which they lost at home to Ecuador and drew away to Paraguay. Lionel Messi won’t be fit in time to return, and Sergio Agüero is also out. Back in, though, is Gonzalo Higuaín, and Javier Pastore retains his place in spite of two completely anonymous performances in the first two matches. The whole list is below.

Goalkeepers
Sergio Romero (Manchester United, England)
Nahuel Guzmán (Tigres, Mexico)
Agustín Marchesín (Santos Laguna, Mexico)

Defenders
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City, England)
Facundo Roncaglia (Fiorentina, Italy)
Ezequiel Garay (Zenit St. Petersburg, Russia)
Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City)
Martín Demichelis (Manchester City)
Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton, England)
Marcos Rojo (Manchester United)
Emanuel Más (San Lorenzo, Argentina)

Midfielders
Matías Kranevitter (River Plate, Argentina)
Javier Mascherano (Barcelona, Spain)
Lucas Biglia (Lazio, Italy)
Éver Banega (Sevilla, Spain)
Enzo Pérez (Valencia, Spain)
Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain, France)
Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur, England)
Ángel Di María (Paris Saint-Germain)

Forwards
Carlos Tevez (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus, Italy)
Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain)
Ángel Correa (Atlético de Madrid, Spain)
Nicolás Gaitán (Benfica, Portugal)
Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli, Italy)

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