It looked as though coronavirus would send October’s World Cup qualifiers the same way as that of the original start date in March or the 2020 Copa América but with CONMEBOL giving the green light, Lionel Scaloni named his first Argentina squad since 2019. Lionel Messi, with his suspension from last year’s Copa now lifted, will be available for both games starting against Ecuador at La Bombonera on October 8th and then in La Paz to face Bolivia five days later.
Alongside Messi are many of the now familiar faces under Scaloni – Lautaro Martínez, Paulo Dybala, Giovani Lo Celso, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes and Nicolás Tagliafico but there were some surprises in the preliminary list too.
Youngsters Facundo Medina and Nehuén Pérez earned their first call-ups and there were returns for Alejandro Gómez and Cristian Pavón.
This initial list of 30 will likely have six players based in Argentina added and then will likely be cut to a final 28-30 for the qualifiers.