Emiliano Martínez will not be against Estonia. Photo: REUTERS
Don’t stop, go go … The national team had its big party at Wembley, surrounded by thousands of Argentines who took control of London and their families who were able to attend the 3-0 Grand Final against Italy. The celebration in the intimacy of the campus lasted until four in the morning on Thursday. And a few hours later they were already boarding the plane again to return to Bilbao and continue with this tour that Scaloni is making the most of. Of course, a couple will remain on the road.
It is that Emiliano Martínez, who drags a discomfort in the patellar tendon, will remain in England, where he resides, to continue his care and thus be able to arrive in a positive way in the preseason with Aston Villa, the first days of July. It is nothing serious and the goalkeeper himself, before the duel with Italy, assured him that he should not undergo surgery or miss the World Cup. “It’s something I’ve dragged along since I was 17,” he warned.
Another who will not be with the group in the Basque Country is Leandro Paredes. The steering wheel, on the other hand, had arrived injured (he had to undergo surgery for a problem with the insertion of adductors and abdominals). The Paris Saint-Germain player wanted to be the same with the delegation until the final in London. In all these days he has moved in a different way. And now he is going to Argentina to continue his recovery and take vacation.
Leandro Paredes, injured, did not want to miss the Grand Final and accompanied the team. Photo: REUTERS / John Sibley
The rest of the troop is again active in Bilbao. After the festivities continued at The Groove hotel in the Watford area until dawn, with music, songs and some beer and fernet, the national team returned to Spain to train at Athletic Bilbao, with Lionel Messi included.
On Sunday they will travel by bus to Pamplona, where they will face Estonia at the Osasuna stadium. Scaloni confirmed to Clarín that he will present a different line-up for that match.
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