Argentina name Fernandez in Copa America squad-Xinhua

Argentina name Fernandez in Copa America squad

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2024-05-21 15:32:45

BUENOS AIRES, May 20 (Xinhua) -- Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernandez has been named in Argentina's squad for the Copa America in the United States despite spending the past month recovering from groin surgery.

Fernandez has not played since he was substituted off in Chelsea's 5-0 Premier League loss to Arsenal at Emirates stadium on April 23.

But he has returned to training ahead of schedule and is expected to be fully fit for Argentina's Copa America opener against Canada in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 21.

As expected, the Albiceleste squad is led by eight-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi and also includes Liverpool midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, Atletico Madrid enforcer Rodrigo De Paul and Benfica winger Angel Di Maria.

But there was no place for forward Paulo Dybala, who was overlooked despite his 16 goals and 10 assists in 38 games for Roma this season.

Following the duel with Canada, Argentina will face Chile before ending the Copa America group stage with a clash against Peru.

The reigning Copa America and World Cup champions will finalize their preparations for the tournament with friendlies against Ecuador on June 9 and Guatemala five days later.

Argentina squad:

Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Geronimo Rulli (Ajax), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa).

Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel (Nottingham Forest), Nahuel Molina (Atletico Madrid), Leonardo Balerdi (Marseille), Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur), German Pezzella (Real Betis), Lucas Martinez Quarta (Fiorentina), Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica), Lisandro Martinez (Manchester United), Marcos Acuna (Sevilla), Nicolas Tagliafico (Lyon), Valentin Barco (Brighton)

Midfielders: Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis), Leandro Paredes (Roma), Alexis Mac Allister (Liverpool), Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Enzo Fernandez (Chelsea), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur)

Forwards: Angel Di Maria (Benfica), Valentin Carboni (A.C. Monza), Lionel Messi (Inter Miami), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United), Nicolas Gonzalez (Fiorentina), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Julian Alvarez (Manchester City).