Argentina footballers Joaquin Correa and Nicolas Gonzalez were sent home due to injuries ahead of the team’s debut.
Superstar Argentine striker Lionel Messi and six other players were noticeably absent from Argentina’s field training camp at Qatar University.
On Friday, two days after Argentina’s footballers Joaquin Correa and Nicolas Gonzalez were sent home due to injuries, Lionel Scaloni doesn’t seem to be taking any chances with extra losses and cocooning star players as a precaution a day before the World Cup opening.
Team captain Messi and four other Argentina national team starters, including midfielders Rodrigo De Paul and Leandro Paredes, defender Nicolas Otamendi and striker Angel di Maria trained separately from the rest of the team and stayed in the gym on Friday, according to the Argentine Football Association (AFA) .
Two other Argentine defenders, Lisandro Martinez and Juan Foyth, also skipped Friday’s training camp. The team did not specify the exact reasons for the move, but such injury-avoiding techniques are common.
La Albiceleste is riding high on his way to the 2022 World Cup after a 35-match win streak.
Argentina will play against Saudi Arabia on November 22. They also hit Mexico on November 26 and Poland on November 30.
“Will Leo Messi take home a match ball at the #FIFAWorldCup?” Messi mused in a tweet on Friday.
— Leo Messi 🔟 (@WeAreMessi) November 18, 2022
Teammate Otamendi also tweeted a series of photos documenting the team’s Doha training sessions, captioning a November 18 post: “we’re moving on”.
He used the hashtag #Qatar2022 in another after shows a training session at Team Argentina’s gym.
— Nicolas Otamendi (@Notamendi30) November 17, 2022