(EFE) – Argentina, which suffered five casualties from the game suspended against Brazil and is watching with concern a case of coronavirus of “a member of the staff”, will receive Bolivia on Thursday at the Monumental on the tenth day of the South American Qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup .
This Wednesday night the Argentine Football Association (AFA) reported that “a member of the staff” tested positive for coronavirus and that he was isolated along with a “close contact” applying “all the corresponding protocols.”
However, they stated that they swabbed all the players and that all the tests were negative.
Goalkeeper Emiliano ‘Dibu’ Martínez, defender Cristian Romero and midfielders Emiliano Buendía and Giovani Lo Celso were released this week to return to their English teams.
In addition, Franco Armani, who was shaping up to take the place of the starting goalkeeper, ‘Draw’ Martínez, was discharged due to injury.
In his place, Boca Juniors goalkeeper Agustín Rossi was called up.
Romero and Lo Celso are usually headlines and that is why Scaloni analyzes options to supply them.
Most likely, Germán Pezzella and Alejandro Gómez or Nicolás González will take their places.
In the arc, Juan Musso was confirmed by Lionel Scaloni at the press conference.
After the victory against Venezuela by 1-3 and the controversial match suspended against Brazil for health reasons, the team led by Lionel Messi will host Bolivia on Thursday on the tenth day of the South American qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Even with one game less, Brazil and Argentina occupy the top positions in the standings with 21 and 15 points, respectively.
They are followed by Ecuador (13 units), Uruguay (12), Colombia (10), Paraguay (8), Peru (8), Chile (7), Bolivia (6) and Venezuela (4)
Bolivia will face Argentina after drawing 1-1 with Colombia in La Paz and losing 4-2 in their visit to Uruguay.
In the team led by the Venezuelan César Farías, the top scorer of the South American qualifiers, Marcelo Martins Moreno, has scored eight goals, two of them on the last match against Uruguay.
“I want to go to the World Cup and I am sure that I would exchange the two goals I made against Uruguay for the three points, but you cannot go back, so I am highly motivated for what is coming,” said the scorer at a press conference .
The Brazilian Cruzeiro striker expressed his wish that Bolivia could have a “well studied” match against Argentina to achieve at least one point, although he acknowledged that “it is very difficult to play against a team that has many stars.”
“Let’s hope that Bolivia knows how to play this tie, it can be smart because apart from the match against Argentina we have three high-altitude games to come and we have to use that to our advantage,” he added.
La Verde only won one match in these eight rounds of the qualifying rounds, on June 3 on the seventh round against Venezuela, and that is why the coach is questioned by the sports press of that country.
This meeting will be the first soccer match to be played in Argentina with the public since the coronavirus pandemic began and will serve as a “pilot test” to analyze the return of spectators to the stadiums, as reported by the national government and the AFA.
In addition, it will be the first home match for La Albiceleste after winning the Copa América in Brazil against the locals and cutting a 28-year streak without titles, since winning the Copa América in Ecuador in 1993.
To the 17,000 people who bought the ticket for the Monumental of Buenos Aires, another 4,000 will be added between authorities and formal guests.
The last game with the public in Argentina was played on March 10, 2020 and was a Copa Libertadores match played by Boca Juniors in La Bombonera against Independiente Medellín from Colombia
ARGENTINA: Juan Musso; Marcos Acuña, Nicolás Otamendi, Germán Pezzella, Nahuel Molina; Ángel Di María, Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul, Alejandro Gómez or Nicolá González; Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martínez. Coach: Lionel Scaloni
BOLIVIA: Carlos Lampe; José Sagredo, Luis Haquín, Adrián Jusino, Jesús Sagredo; Leonel Justiniano, Moisés Villarroel, Erwin Saavedra, Juan Carlos Arce, Rodrigo Ramallo; and Marcelo Moreno Martins. Coach: César Farías.
REFEREE: Peruvian Kevin Ortega, assisted by his compatriots Michael Orue and Coty Carrera.
STADIUM: ‘El Monumental’ Antonio Vespucio Liberti, from Buenos Aires.
HOUR: 20.30 local (23.30 GMT).