The Argentine Football Association has announced on its official website on Thursday that in view of the unfortunate injuries of the two forwards Nicolás González and Joaquín Correa, it is regrettable that they will no longer be able to compete with the national team for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, instead Ángel Correa and Thiago Almada will be recalled to the team as replacements.
The Argentine Football Association wrote in an official statement that González unfortunately strained his leg muscle during the training camp, which has suspected to have worsened his prior injury.
Earlier, González had been absent from Fiorentina intermittently since the end of August due to a leg muscle problem. Since the beginning of this season, he has only played 10 times for La Viola in all competitions, scoring 4 goals.
As a member of the Albiceleste who successfully won the Copa America in 2021, González, who is willing to sacrifice himself in order to help the team achieve the best results, will definitely have a huge impact on Argentina’s offensive firepower at the front line.
Likewise, Joaquín Correa, a compatriot who played in the Serie A with González, suffered a knee injury during the training session and was forced to withdraw from the squad.
The 28-year-old center forward who is currently playing for Inter Milan has been in an inconsistent form recently. Since the beginning of this season, Correa has played 18 times for I Nerazzurri in all competitions, scoring 3 goals and assisting 3 times. Authoritative statistical website has only rated his average performance at 6.2 points, Therefore, he urgently needs to shine in this World Cup to justify himself.
In addition to the two stars mentioned above, Gaston Edul, a well-known resident correspondent of the local media TyC Sports in Argentina, also brought further bad news that the team’s left back Marcos Acuña is actually also found to be in a very bad shape where his leg muscles were fatigue, and the national team coach Lionel Scaloni was unhappy as he felt that Acuña did not truthfully report his physical condition and concealed his leg muscle problems.
Despite this, Eduar said that Scaloni still thinks that the problems Acuña are facing are not too big, so he has no plans to replace the star who is currently playing for the La Liga club Sevilla.
In contrast, after Uruguay international star Luis Suárez left the team, Ángel Correa, who has took on the heavier burden in Atlético Madrid, has shown his ability more and more.
This season, Correa has played 21 times for Atlético Madrid in all competitions, scoring 4 goals and making 1 assist, with an average performance rating of 6.9 per game.
Thiago Almada, who is only 21 years old, is the most eye-catching wonderkid in Major League Soccer (MLS) in recent years.
He is currently playing for Atlanta United. Because of his talent and playing style, coupled with the fact that both he and Newcastle United’s Paraguay international winger Miguel Almiron played for the same club, thus he was constantly being used by local media and fans in the United States as a comparison with the latter, and even became the player many gamers of the popular football game FIFA, released by EA Sports love to sign in its Career Mode just like the other party did.
Almada has represented the MLS giants in 31 appearances in all competitions since transferring to Atlanta United from Velez Salsfield in February this year, scoring 7 goals and assisting 7 times.
At the end of September, he made his Argentina senior national team debut.
Argentina will face Saudi Arabia in the first round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar group stage on November 22; play against rivals Mexico on the 26th; and then challenge Poland on the 30th.
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