Argentina and Uruguay riddled with doubts for Copa conflict


SAO PAULO (AP) — Argentina and Uruguay go into Friday’s Copa America encounter with neither workforce having received in three video games since November.

The 2 sides appear uncertain about which gamers to pick out for the Group A recreation on the Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia.

The winner might finally go on to high the group and keep away from an early knockout-stage assembly with defending champion Brazil, which is in Group B.

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has obtained criticism since his workforce’s opening 1-1 draw towards Chile on Monday, a recreation that got here just a few days after a 2-2 draw with Colombia in World Cup qualifying.

Scaloni seems uncertain whether or not to make use of three or 4 defenders towards Uruguay. He might additionally carry again Cristian Romero within the heart of his rearguard instead of Lucas Martínez Quarta.

If he opts for a line of three defenders, left-back Nicolás Tagliafico might miss out.

Scaloni can also be undecided who ought to accompany Lionel Messi up entrance. Lautaro Martínez has been in need of objectives for Argentina whereas new Barcelona signing Sergio Agüero is keen to start out.

Uruguay may have Luis Suárez and Edison Cavani in assault for its first recreation within the group, however coach Oscar Tabárez has not but determined who will play in midfield between Giovanni González, who usually performs as a defender for Peñarol, Lucas Torreira, Rodrigo Bentancur, Nicolás de la Cruz, Federico Valverde, Matias Vecino, Facundo Torres and Jonathan Rodríguez.

If González performs, it might imply that Tabárez desires further safety towards the sensible Messi.

Suárez mentioned: “They’re very sturdy up entrance however I may also make use of the frailties that each workforce has.”

Paraguay leads the group after beating Bolivia 3-1 on Monday.

____ AP journalist Debora Rey contributed to this report from Buenos Aires.


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