Man Utd goalkeeper ruled out of World Cup
Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has been ruled of the 2018 World Cup with a knee injury.
The 31-year-old has 94 caps for Argentina, is their first choice and played in the 2014 World Cup final defeat to Germany.
This will come as a huge blow to the South Americans who are not blessed with many options in his place, nor a good defensive record under Jorge Sampaoli.
In Romero’s place Argentina are likely to pick between Chelsea’s Willy Caballero (2 caps) or River Plate’s Franco Armani (0 caps).
With the Argentina squad for the World Cup already named, Tigres’ Nahuel Guzmán has been called up to replace Sergio Romero. The 32-year-old has six caps at senior international level.
Argentina’s Football Association confirmed that the Manchester United goalkeeper will miss this summer’s tournament to have surgery on his right knee.
Romero made only one Premier League appearance for the Red Devils this past season, starting the season finale against Watford with David de Gea having already wrapped up the Golden Glove. The Argentinian had previously featured in the Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup this past season.
Argentina begin their World Cup campaign in Russia against Iceland on Saturday 16 June. They also face Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.