Thursday March 7 2019
Argentina: Icardi out, Messi in

Inter striker Mauro Icardi is out of the latest Argentina squad, but Lionel Messi returns after almost a year away.

Icardi misses out after making no club appearances since losing Inter’s captaincy on February 13, while he is nursing an alleged knee injury.

Messi, on the other hand, makes his first appearance in an Argentina squad since the 2018 World Cup, where his country bowed out in the Round of 16.

Elsewhere, Udinese pair Juan Musso and Rodrigo de Paul are included, as is Nerazzurri forward Lautaro Martinez and Juventus’ Paulo Dybala.

The Albiceleste host Venezuela on March 23 before taking on Morocco three days later, ahead of this summer’s Copa America.

Argentina squad to face Venezuela and Morocco

Marchesin, Musso, Andrada, Armani; Pezzella, Mercado, Foyth, Otamendi, Kannemann, Tagliafico, Acuna, Montiel, Saravia, Lisandro Martinez; Paredes, Guido Rodriguez, Lo Celso, Lanzini, Pereyra, Di Maria, Zaracho, Marcone, Blanco, De Paul; Messi, Gonzalo Martinez, Dybala, Correa, Lautaro Martinez, Benedetto, Matias Suarez

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