Minutes before one in the morning, The replacements for Joaquín Correa and Nicolás González entered the Ezeiza International Airport, where they will take a plane and head for Dohawhere the Argentine team led by Lionel Scaloni currently concentrates.
When setting foot in the airport establishment, both players were received by dozens of fans, journalists and television cameras.
It was a Thursday of drastic decisions for Lionel Scaloni. The coach of the Argentine national team first decided to drop Nicholas Gonzalez (replaced by Ángel Correa) and then ended up disaffecting Joaquín Correa. Minutes later, the AFA announced his replacement: Thiago Almada, who was also in the ready.
Inter’s striker he had finished the friendly against the United Arab Emirates on Thursday with a discomfort in one of his knees. In principle, there was no indication of his injury, so the player’s mishap It was one of the reasons that led Scaloni to confess that he had “some little problems” on the campus.
The DT of the selected one had already anticipated that during the World Cup he wanted footballers who were fit to play the first game against Saudi Arabia, Next Tuesday. He did not accept footballers “touched” or who were not 100 percent ready to face a World Cup tournament.
Thus, and even though he did the impossible to recover from a detachment in the biceps femoris, Giovani Lo Celso, one of Lionel Messi’s main partners in the team’s midfield, was left out.. His replacement at midfield ended up being Alexis Mac Allister.
The list of players withdrawn could be extended on Friday: Scaloni will test the other players who have discomfort and are not 100% physically, among whom are Christian Romero (owner) and Marcos Acuna (The place is disputed from the beginning with Nicolás Tagliafico).
The deadline to nominate a replacement expires next Monday, 24 hours before the debut against Saudi Arabia, and after verification by the FIFA doctors of the injury of the changed player.
For now, the AFA then officially communicated the ailments of the excluded. In the case of Nicholas Gonzalez cited a left biceps femoris muscle injury, and on Joaquin Correa Achilles tendinitis in the left leg was evaluated. “The AFA wishes the two footballers a speedy recovery at this time and accompanies their unconditional contribution during this four-year period with a hug,” the announcement added.
The World Cup rules regarding injuries are clear. “Players included in the final list may only be replaced in the event of serious injury or illness, and before 24 hours prior to the start of their team’s first match.” Thus, Scaloni will have time to nominate another footballer to replace Correa until Monday at 7 in the morning (Argentine time). And FIFA adds: “The substitutes will not have to be included in the provisional list.” Thus, the Argentine coach will be able to summon any Argentine soccer player. Whether or not he was on the first list raised.
“Upon receipt and acceptance of a detailed written medical examination in one of the four official FIFA languages, the FIFA Medical Committee, represented by the Head of FIFA Medical Services, will issue a certificate confirming that the injury or illness is serious enough to prevent the player from participating in the World Cup. The substitute must wear the number of the injured player he has replaced on the shirt.
Almada is 21 years old. He debuted in the first division in Velez Sarsfield until he bought it atlanta united, of Major League Soccer (MLS). He only played 36 minutes in the shirt of the Argentine team, against Honduras, in the last friendly tour.
He went to that call with the aim of ‘foguear’ for eventual calls after the World Cup Qatar 2022. However, he surprised locals and strangers and went on to earn a place in the DT’s consideration for the most important event. Lionel Messi was full of praise for him: “He is very fresh, he is a very fast player, mischievous, who is not afraid of anything and always faces,” said the captain after the debut of the striker born in Fuerte Apache.
In the current season, he reached an average SofaScore rating of 7.46, making him the best on his team and achieving the eighth best rating in the entire American league. He played 29 games, 25 of them as a starter, where he scored six goals and provided seven assists. In addition, he created nine great chances, reached 73% dribbling effectiveness, and achieved 86% passing accuracy per game. Lastly, he delivered 2.9 key passes per commitment and was the second Atlanta player with the most accurate long passes by 90 ′ with 3.6. He has a European destiny.