Lamela’s World Cup heartache

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Dom Le Roy

There was disappointment for Erik Lamela after the winger was a not included in Argentina’s 35-man provisional squad for the World Cup in Russia.

Lamela missed the opening three months of the season because of injury and personal issues but he has featured heavily in Mauricio Pochettino’s teams since December, scoring twice in their 5-4 win over Leicester on the final day of the season.

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is included in the squad despite undergoing keyhole surgery on a knee injury sustained in March.

Aguero joins a strong attacking line-up including Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Mauro Icardi with head coach Jorge Sampaoli has also naming City defender Nicolas Otamendi, Manchester United’s Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo, West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini and Everton’s Ramiro Funes Mori.

They albiceleste face Haiti in a warm-up match latest this month before the squad must be cut down to 23 by June 4th and their first group stage game is against Iceland on June 16th before facing Croatia and Nigeria.

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