Argentina national coach Jorge Sampaoli has recalled Gonzalo Higuain to the Argentina squad for this month’s friendlies against Italy and Spain but has snubbed Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi.
Higuain, 30, is sidelined with an ankle problem and is a doubt for Juventus’ vital Champions League clash with Tottenham next week. However, his 14 Serie A goals this season is enough to persuade Sampaoli to select the striker for the first time since September.
On the other hand, Higuain’s Juve team-mate Dybala misses out alongside Icardi, the Inter captain who has only scored once since the turn of the year.
Dybala has only made a pair of substitute appearances recently since returning from a hamstring injury.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been, like Higuain, dropped earlier this season — reflecting the considerable strength Sampaoli enjoys in forward positions, but his prolific recent run for Manchester City made the 29-year-old a safe selection this time around.
As yet uncapped Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero, 36, has been called up alongside Sergio Romero and Nahuel Guzman.
Argentina squad in full: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres), Willy Caballero (Chelsea); Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Federico Fazio (Roma), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla) Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton), Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica) Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax); Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Leandro Paredes (Zenit), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain) Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain); Diego Perotti (Roma) Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus)