Argentina omits Higuain again as Perotti earns recall

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is continuing to ignore Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, refusing to select him for upcoming friendlies.

Gonzalo Higuain has been left out of Argentina's squad again despite strong form at club level, scoring four goals in his last three matches for Juventus.   -  AFP

Juventus star Gonzalo Higuain has been left out of Argentina's squad yet again by Jorge Sampaoli, but Roma winger Diego Perotti has been recalled from the international wilderness.

Argentina faces friendly matches against Russia and Nigeria this month as it begins preparations for next year's World Cup, which it only progressed to thanks to a Lionel Messi inspired victory over Ecuador in its final qualifier.

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Higuain has been left out again despite strong form at club level, scoring four goals in his last three matches for Juventus.

The 29-year-old played 45 minutes in Sampaoli's first match in charge against Brazil in September, but he has not been named in a squad since.

 

Perotti has fought his way back into contention, though, with the Roma forward receiving his first call up since June 2011.

He made his international debut under Diego Maradona in November 2009 after breaking through as a talented youngster at Sevilla, but injuries and inconsistency wreaked havoc on him in the three years that followed his last inclusion.

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Boca Juniors winger Cristian Pavon has been selected for the first time, with the 21-year-old enjoying a fine start to the Argentinian Primera Division season.

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