Argentina began the preparation in the United States for the friendly matches against Honduras and Jamaica prior to the World Cup in Qatar with two important absences due to lack of a visa.
The Argentine Football Association (AFA) reported on Tuesday that Cristian Romero and Lisandro Martínez, defenders of Tottenham and Manchester United, respectively, could not process the documentation required by the United States for the entry of Argentines in London on time.
The inconvenience arose from the closure of the US embassy in the English capital due to mourning after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, explained the AFA.
The players traveled to Buenos Aires and have already completed the procedure at the diplomatic headquarters. The AFA is confident that both players will leave on Wednesday for Miami, where the Albiceleste have been training since Monday at the Inter Miami venue.
Romero is a regular starter in Lionel Scaloni’s team, but it is not ruled out that due to this delay, Germán Pezzella will play in his place against Honduras on Friday at the Hard Rock Stadium.
Martínez, on the other hand, is usually the substitute for Nicolás Otamendi in the central defense.
After the duel against Honduras, Argentina will travel to New Jersey to face Jamaica next Tuesday at the Red Bull stadium in Harrison, at the end of a tour in which Scaloni will finish defining the squad of 26 players who will participate in the World Cup in Qatar. .
Argentina, world champion in 1978 and 1986, will debut against Saudi Arabia on November 22 in Group C, which also includes Mexico and Poland.