Argentina already lost midfielder Exequiel Palacios to injury and now goalkeeper Esteban Andrada has been ruled out of the Copa América with only a little more than 24 hours before La Albiceleste’s opener against Colombia.
The Boca Juniors number one collided with Guido Rodríguez in training and while tests for any ligament damage to Andrada’s knee came back negative, it did cause a synovitis (liquid around the joint). With little time to further assess the injury and difficulties to do so until the inflammation decreased, Argentina’s medical team and technical staff made the decision to bring in a replacement.
Copa América regulations allow for changes to be made to the squad list up to 24 hours prior to the opening game and with that in mind, Argentina have moved swiftly to call up former Racing Club goalkeeper Juan Musso.
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CONMEBOL will need to verify the injury and authorise the change but that shouldn’t prove an issue.
The news of Andrada’s injury was not only a blow for Argentina but a cause of real concern for Boca Juniors. The Xeneizes begin preseason next week ahead of their Copa Libertadores last 16 clash against Athletico Paranaense in July and Boca were immediately in communication with Argentina.
That shouldn’t be a problem for Boca with Andrada perhaps out for ten days but it was enough for Argentina not to risk keeping the goalkeeper as part of the squad.
Juan Musso will be brought in having been part of Lionel Scaloni’s preliminary squad and making his debut back in March in the friendly against Morocco.