Who could replace Giovani Lo Celso in the World Cup in Qatar

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The Villarreal midfielder must undergo surgery and cannot be part of the Argentine team in the international event. The alternatives that could earn a place in the starting team

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Who could replace Giovani Lo Celso in the World Cup in Qatar

Giovani Lo Celso, one of the key pieces of Lionel Scaloni's team (Reuters)

12 days before the start of the World Cup in Qatar, the Lionel Scaloni Argentine team has a noticeable loss from the squad when it was confirmed that the injury to Giovani Lo Celso prevents him from reaching the big event. Villarreal's attacking midfielder and undisputed in the Scaloneta, who tore the femoral biceps of his right leg in the matchSunday, October 30 against Athletic Bilbao, it's ruled out.

Faced with such a gloomy scenario, the coach of the Argentine team must decide who will take the place one of Lionel Messi's great partners on the pitch. The former Rosario Central was a number placed on the final list of 26 players and his absence opens the doors to Exequiel Palacios on the roster, who joins Alexis MacAllister and Enzo Fernández as the possible ones in charge of that function of connecting Messi with the team.

The big question is who would be the owner. Obviously that is something that the coach will have to resolve as the practices run and in the friendly against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) scheduled for November 16. The three mentioned could then earn a place in the starting 11, but so could Paulo Dybala or Alejandro Papu Gómez.

Both have played that role in matches of Qualifiers and they give him a share of speed in the albiceleste attack against what could be an accessible debut in the Gulf country against Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, for rivals of greater weight and hierarchy, Pujato's strategist will probably lean towards greater defensive balance.

The medical staff of the Spanish club, in constant conversations with the authorities of Tottenham (owner of the pass) and the Argentine team, decided that the former Rosario Central must undergo surgery and his recovery will require a reasonable time that leaves out of the most coveted tournament on the planet.

Doubts thus arise about who will accompany Leandro Paredes and Rodrigo De Paul in the midfield.

The alternatives:

Enzo Fernández: One of the footballers who has had the greatest performance and growth in recent months. Since his arrival at Benfica, the former River has been praised and valued more and more.

It is no coincidence that Scaloni follows him closely and, beyond that, he joined the team this year national, his game characteristics are similar to those of Lo Celso, so he could complement very well with Leandro Paredes and Rodrigo De Paul to get the ball to Lionel Messi.

Who could replace Giovani Lo Celso in the Qatar World Cup

Enzo Fernández raised his performance at Benfica and asks for a clue in the National Team (REUTERS/Pedro Nunes)

Alexis MacAllister. The Brighton player & Hove from the Premier League is one of the big candidates. The former Argentinians and Boca Juniors is having a good present in England and has played 79 games with 12 goals and 6 assists in three seasons.

The 23-year-old from Pampa joined the last tour for the United States to the Scaloneta and started in the 3-0 against Jamaica sharing the middle with Guido Rodríguez and Lo Celso. He was replaced by Rodrigo De Paul with 20 minutes remaining in the match.

Alejandro Papu Gomez: With a place almost assured in the roster of the 26 World Cup players, the Arsenal de Sarandí player could keep Gio's position for experience. The Sevilla winger has been adding minutes, he was a starter in the friendly against Honduras and he is from the core closest to the leaders of the squad.

This season, the Papu He has played 15 games in Jorge Sampaoli's team, counting the Champions League and La Liga and has two assists.

Who could replace Giovani Lo Celso in the Qatar World Cup

Alejandro Papu Gómez finishes off in the Champions League match between Sevilla and Manchester City (REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo)

Guido Rodríguez: The Betis player is recovering from a blow to the hip and has many chances of being among the 26. His characteristics on the pitch differ a bit like Lo Celso, but he is one of those who like the albiceleste coaching staff.

Exequiel Palacios: Another one who can aspire to win a place on the payroll despite his thigh injury sidelining him at Bayer Leverkusen. The Tucuman returned to play on Saturday, October 29 against Lepizig for the Bundesliga and his inactivity is not in his favor in the race for a replacement.

In any case, Lo's injury Celso would open up hope for the former River that Scaloni likes.