The Argentine coach, Lionel Scaloni, will wait until the last moment for Lautaro Martínez, absent in the tie with Paraguay, and evaluates Nicolás Tagliafico as a replacement for the injured Marcos Acuña to receive Uruguay this Sunday, for the postponed fifth date of the South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022.
The Inter Milan striker, a key man in the team’s attack, was not in Asunción due to a muscular discomfort and it was noticed especially in the last touch inside the area, beyond the good appearances of Joaquín Correa, a teammate also in the Italian club. In training this Friday, the players who performed in Paraguay only performed regenerative work, so Martinez will finally be tested in training on Saturday.
On the other hand, Marcos Acuña, who arrived from Seville with an ailment and asked to try against Paraguay, will be among cotton until the last because the desire is to have him but at the same time they will not want to risk it by speculating with a return on Thursday against Peru , at the close of the triple elimination date. “The Egg thing, let’s hope it’s nothing, I had an annoyance and we prefer not to risk it,” Scaloni explained at the post-meeting press conference. “We still have two games ahead and the truth is that they are complicated situations. We have to keep managing the minutes of the players and it is important that they can be recovered,” explained the DT.
It is clear that the desire will be to have him but the reality is that Acuña had to leave at 11 minutes of the second half and the natural replacement was Nicolás Tagliafico, who complied and even in different passages with his attacks complicated the Paraguayans.
In this way, the Ajax footballer from the Netherlands would occupy the left side and in the other band the doubt would be between Gonzalo Montiel (River) and Nahuel Molina (Udinese from Italy). It is that Molina has been a firm alternative in the head of Scaloni, to the point that in the face of the first impossibility of placing the River Plate defender, ex-Boca was chosen, who battled during the ninety minutes against the speed of Miguel Almirón and the talent of Ángel Rosemary.
The delegation arrived from Asunción around 4 in the morning and rested until the afternoon to regain energy for the next engagement. Without suspended footballers, the coach will surely define the same day of the match with Uruguay at the 11 who will start from the start.