Argentina head coach Edgardo Bauza has dropped Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero among seven modifications for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Bolivia.
Sao Paulo striker Lucas Pratto will companion captain Lionel Messi in attack, with Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain certainly one of 4 players suspended just after collecting a yellow card through last week’s 1-0 win over Chile.
Centre-back Nicolas Otamendi and midfielders Javier Mascherano and Lucas Biglia suffered a similar fate to Higuain, although full-backs Gabriel Mercado and Emmanuel Mas sustained respective hamstring and knee injuries.
It signifies Aguero could be the only alteration towards the starting line-up based upon tactical considerations just after he struggled in an unfamiliar number 10 role against Chile in Buenos Aires.
The 28-year-old is set to join Paulo Dybala on the bench, together with the Juventus forward back in training following a thigh injury.
Sergio Romero, Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo are the other survivors from last time out alongside Messi, despite the fact that the Manchester United defender reverts to left-back with Mateo Musacchio and Ramiro Funes Mori coming into the heart of defence, flanked by Facundo Roncaglia around the other side.
Enzo Perez, Ever Banega along with the uncapped Guido Pizarro will offer midfield assistance to Di Maria, Messi and Pratto.
Victory more than Chile moved Argentina as much as third spot within the CONMEBOL standings. By contrast, second-bottom Bolivia are almost out of your qualification hunt, but matches played at punishing altitude in La Paz are rarely an enjoyable expertise for visiting sides.
“We need to win in La Paz but all of us realize that it truly is not uncomplicated. The altitude tends to make for hard situations,” Bauza told a news conference, exactly where he revealed his players had been provided paracetamol to deal with altitude headaches.
“We need to be clever and take into consideration the game program. To not stick to it could be crazy. Bolivia have superior players and can attack with numerous persons. Argentina plays to win, tries to win each and every game and we plan in line with the opponent.
“In South America it is actually really complex to qualify for the World Cup. It will not be easy. The players have the pressure of possessing to win and to attempt and play properly.
“The challenge with the altitude comes inside the final 20 minutes. We’ll see how we come via the game physically. When we get to the altitude, we give paracetamol to players to avoid headaches.”
Messi’s early penalty against Chile proved the difference but Argentina have been criticised after a performance where they made tiny in spite of their array of attacking riches.
“Defensively, the team played really properly against Chile, who failed to make danger,” Bauza added.
“Maybe the ball was lost also frequently but that doesn’t be concerned me simply because that may be improved.”
Veteran Rosario Central defender Javier Pinola, San Lorenzo’s Matias Caruzzo, uncapped Lanus midfielder Ivan Marcone and River Plate forward Lucas Alario have all been referred to as as much as supplement Bauza’s injury and suspension ravaged squad.io have all been known as up due to the fact Chile to supplement Bauza’s injury and suspension ravaged squad.