Gerardo Martino’s 2016 Olympic squad is gradually taking shape and should be completed over the coming days before they begin their preparations on July 4th.
After the news that Cristian Espinoza, Mauricio Martínez and José Luis Gómez were called up yesterday, the AFA have confirmed that they will be joined by Gerónimo Rulli, Emanuel Mammana, Jonathan Silva, Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes and Ángel Correa.
Ángel Correa captained the Argentina under-20s to the South American championship and it had been feared that Atlético Madrid would not give permission for the 21-year-old to play in Rio de Janeiro. However, it would appear that the former San Lorenzo forward will now play a significant role in La Albiceleste’s attempt to land a third Olympic gold medal.
Real Socided goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli will take one of the three over-23 players’ positions and given that the 23-year-old is arguably Argentina’s number one, Martino’s side will be in safe hands.
River Plate’s Emanuel Mammana and Boca Juniors’ Jonathan Silva have already represented the senior side and are joined by Paris Saint Germain bound Giovani Lo Celso and Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes.
With nine players already named, Martino will confirm the remaining nine over the coming days and perhaps the biggest question remaining is the number nine role.
Paulo Dybala appears out of the question and so Mauro Icardi, Jonathan Calleri and Giovanni Simeone are all competing for that spot.