One of the few positions on the pitch that seemed fairly certain for Argentina was Sergio Romero’s status as number one but the Manchester United goalkeeper has suffered a knee injury in training and will now miss the World Cup.
Romero, already Argentina’s most capped goalkeeper of all-time, could have reached the milestone of 100 appearances in Russia and it would have been his third World Cup.
[DESAFECTADO] Sergio Romero sufrió hoy un cuadro de bloqueo articular en su rodilla derecha que lo dejará fuera de la convocatoria.
— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) May 22, 2018
However, an injury to his right knee has ruled Romero out and Argentina will now look to bring in their fourth choice goalkeeper, presumably Nahuel Guzmán, despite the Tigres goalkeeper’s father taking to social media to berate Sampaoli for leaving out his son.
As it stands Nahuel Guzmán, as the squad’s fourth goalkeeper, would be likely to step up. His father posted this rather disparaging image of Sampaoli on Facebook yesterday with a rant over the decision to cut his son pic.twitter.com/jhUMinmEKV
— Daniel Edwards (@DanEdwardsGoal) May 22, 2018
The bigger question is now who will be Argentina’s first choice and that will either be Chelsea’s Willy Caballero or River Plate’s Franco Armani.
Despite turning 37 later this year, Caballero only made his international debut in March, impressing in a victory over Italy before replacing an injured Romero days later during the 6-1 thrashing by Spain.
The other option is even less experienced and if Jorge Sampaoli opts for Franco Armani, the River goalkeeper will be making his debut in Russia.
Much will be made from River Plate supporters that when Argentina have won the World Cup, it has been their goalkeeper between the sticks: Ubaldo Fillol in 1978 and Nery Pumpido in 1986.
However, superstitions aside, Armani’s claim for the number one position was already growing.