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2018 FIFA WC: Huge blow for Argentina ahead of the tournament

[caption id="attachment_67403" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Romero is out of the World Cup due to an injury. Image Source: twitter[/caption]

XtraTime Web Desk: Huge blow for last World Cup’s runners up Argentina as their star goalkeeper Sergio Romero was ruled out of the tournament due to a knee injury, the Argentina Football Association (AFA) said. Young Nahuel Guzman is called into Argentina’s squad as a replacement for Romero. The goalkeeper from Manchester United injured his right knee during training in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

“Romero will be removed from the list of 23 players who will participate in the 2018 World Cup in Russia,” the AFA said in a statement.

Romero, 31, is the most capped goalkeeper in the history of the Argentina national team with 83 appearances and represented the country at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

The AFA said Romero had suffered a blockage in his right knee and was being evaluated surgically. A replacement will be announced “in the coming days,” the statement said.

As well as his World Cup experience, Romero has represented Argentina in three Copa Americas and was also a member of the side that won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Argentina, beaten finalists in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, open their Group D campaign in Russia against Iceland on June 16.

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