Argentina may struggle to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa next year.
Jonas Gutierrez – 3rd on Argentine team sheet
The manager of the team, Diego Maradona has made some ridiculous statements following the defeat against Brazil on Saturday by saying Newcastle winger Gutierrez is the 3rd name on his team sheet.
Javier Mascherano (Liverpool) and Lionel Messi (Barcelona) are the only players in the team that get the nod ahead of Jonas, who currently is playing second division football in England with the famous Newcastle United side.
While Jonas started last season in excellent form on Tyneside, he tailed off, as did his team-mate Fabricio Coloccini, and Newcastle were relegated for the first time in 20 years.
But such is the status of the Newcastle club – who are now top of the second division after 5 games, with only a single goal conceded in those 5 games – Gutierrez and Coloccini have been assured of their places in the Argentine squad.
The former Real Mallorca winger has looked extremely good this season in the second division, as has Coloccini, but that’s what you would expect of Argentine Internationals playing in England’s second division.
We think the statement made by Maradona may have had something to do with Jonas not being available for the game against Brazil – a little excuse perhaps? He probably needs some because Argentina has not looked good for a while.
That’s a surprising statement by Maradona for sure, but hey the two of them are starters in the Newcastle side this season, and we’ll support them 100% in the combined effort of the coaches, players and fans to get the Newcastle club back whet they belong – in the Premier league.
Coloccini was an unused substitute against Brazil, but given how the defense tried to contain Brazil and failed so miserably, we wouldn’t be at all surprised if Fabricio gets a recall to the side for the game at Paraguay on Wednesday.
This is another tough game for Argentina, who are placed 4th in the qualifying league, and a full 5 points behind Paraguay.
Argentina are currently ranked 6th in the world, one place behind England.
If Fabricio plays in that game let’s hope he remains injury free, and is available for our game at Cardiff next Sunday, which of course is much more important. 😀