Cristian Romero and Lisandro Martinez are ‘UNABLE to link up with Argentina squad in USA’ ahead of final games before Qatar World Cup ‘due to visa issues’… with US embassy in London closed in wake of the Queen’s death
- Lisandro Martinez and Cristian Romero have not joined the Argentina squad
- They have not received visas to go to America from the US embassy in London
- The embassy has been closed in mourning after the death of Queen Elizabeth II
- Argentina are set to play their final two games before the World Cup in the USA
Cristian Romero and Lisandro Martinez have not been able to join their Argentina team-mates in Miami ahead of a clash with Honduras.
The Premier League centre-backs were unable to register their visas with the US Embassy in London, after it closed in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, according to TyC Sports.
Romero and Martinez, who turn out for Tottenham and Manchester United respectively, will miss the opportunity to link up with their side for the last time before their World Cup squad is announced in November.
Cristiano Romero (left) and Lisandro Martinez have not been able to join the Argentina squad
The centre-back pairing are almost certain to be included in Lionel Scaloni’s final squad to make the trip to Qatar, having both impressed for their clubs already this season.
Martinez has adapted well to the Premier League since his high profile switch from Ajax, and Romero has become a key figure at the heart of the Spurs defence alongside recalled England defender Eric Dier.
TyC are reporting that the pair must now travel to their home nation to have their visas processed before they can enter the USA, and until then they will train at the Argentinian FA’s headquarters.
With the US embassy in London shut the pair have not received their American visas
Argentina are due to face Honduras on Saturday, and the two are set to be available for selection in that clash after predictions that they could be on a plane to Miami on Wednesday.
Both will still surely be part of the Qatar World Cup squad
Their second game of the international break sees them take on Jamaica in New Jersey on Wednesday, September 28 which will also be their final confirmed match before a World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia on November 22.
Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria, Leandro Paredes, Nicolas Tagliafico and Paulo Dybala have all already joined the squad in Florida, ahead of the international break.
Messi is a certainty to add to his 162 caps in Qatar – injuries permitting – and the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner looks to be back to his best, starring for PSG alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
The former Barcelona talisman already has 14 goal contributions (six goals, eight assists) in just 11 appearances in all competitions so far in 2022-23.
At 35, the 2022 Word Cup could be the little magician’s last, and having inspired his side to the final of Brazil 2014, he will surely want to go one better to add an extra jewel to an already glittering career.
Lionel Messi has already been in scintillating form for PSG with 14 contributions in 11 games