By Chineze Ogugua
Nigeria’s World cup group opponent Argentina have been dealt a big blow in the goalkeeping department after Manchester United’s second choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero injured his right knee and will therefore not be part of the squad to Russia.
Romero suffered a knee injury in Argentina’s 6-1 loss to Spain in March and stayed out of action until May 13 when he was chosen by Mourinho to be in goal vs Watford on the final day of the Premier League season.
The 31-year old will now miss out of the opportunity to face Nigeria for the fourth time having faced them three times in his senior career, at the 2010 World Cup, in a friendly in 2011, and in Brazil 2014.
Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi is being touted to be recalled to the team to make up the squad to 23 after being dropped from the provisional list while Chelsea keeper Willy Caballero will likely stand in goal as first choice in Romero’s absence.
However, manager Jorge Sampaoli will name a replacement for Romero in the coming days.
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