Why did Argentina not select Angel Di Maria for October 2026 World Cup Qualifiers?

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The double Matchday Conmebol Qualifiers are approaching and teams are looking to add points to qualify for the next World Cup 2026. World champions Argentina have two tough matches to face without Angel Di Maria. Here we tell you why the current Benfica player will be absent.

Along with Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria has been one of Argentina’s most outstanding players in recent years, playing a key role in the teams that have secured the “Albiceleste’s” most recent titles: the Copa America, the Finalissima and, above all, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

His current form is also excellent, making him one of the standout players on Benfica’s roster. With the Portuguese team, Di Maria is actively fighting for the title in the Primeira Liga as well as the Champions League, which is why his absence is attracting considerable attention.

Unfortunately, the player born in the city of Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, suffered a muscle injury that will sideline him for a long time. This injury occurred during Benfica’s match against Inter when the Argentine asked to be substituted in the 32nd minute.

Roger Schmidt, the coach of the Portuguese team, was asked about Di Maria’s condition after the Inter game and confirmed a muscle injury. The player was already absent from his team’s match against Estoril on Saturday 7.

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