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Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero ruled out of World Cup due to knee injury

Argentina number one and Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero to miss World Cup due to knee injury.

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Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero has been ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury.

Romero, 31, has won 94 caps for the country and played in the 2014 final defeat by Germany.

Argentina’s official Twitter feed announced the news late on Tuesday — a day after the country’s 23-man squad was announced.

A statement on the Argentinian Football Association’s website read: “Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero will be removed from the list of 23 players who will participate in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“The player of Manchester United today suffered a joint blockage in his right knee which requires surgery.”

Later on Tuesday, another tweet from the Argentina account said that Tigres’ Nahuel Guzman would be Romero’s replacement for the team headed for Russia.

Chelsea’s Willy Caballero, with two caps, and River Plate’s Franco Armani, who is uncapped, are Argentina’s reserve goalkeepers.

Argentina begin their World Cup campaign against Iceland on 16 June before games against Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.

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