With many days to go before they take on the Netherlands in the Qatar 2022 quarterfinals, Lionel Messi and Argentina will smile as a key player would be ready to make the starting eleven.
Argentina got the job done against Australia to set up a meeting with the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of Qatar 2022. Lionel Messi was once again key for his team, scoring a crucial goal to pave the way to the next round.
La Albiceleste took a well-deserved rest day after their win before they start preparing for the toughest match of this FIFA World Cup so far. The quarter-final affair is played on Friday, so they will have plenty of time to recover properly.
While this is great news for those who took to the field on Saturday, it also means a great opportunity for those who weren’t 100% fit for the game in Australia. In fact, Lionel Scaloni suggested that Angel Di Maria return for the quarter-finals.
Angel Di Maria could be back for Argentina against the Netherlands
Angel Di Maria was ruled out for the Australia game with a muscle overload, having been subbed off during the Poland win due to discomfort. Fortunately, coach Scaloni believes the Juventus winger will be back soon.
“Di Maria’s condition is improving, and his chances of catching up with the national team match with the Netherlands increase when he recovers,” Scaloni said, via Qatar News Agency.
Argentine national team reporter Gaston Edul of TyC Sports also said Di Maria will probably make it on time for Friday’s game, which is great news for Messi and company.