Photo of Argentina Showing Support for Lo Celso Who Is Missing the World Cup Through Injury Warms Hearts

Photo of Argentina Showing Support for Lo Celso Who Is Missing the World Cup Through Injury Warms Hearts

  • Villarreal and Argentina attacker Giovani Lo Celso will miss the World Cup after tearing his muscle
  • Despite missing Lionel Scaloni's 26-man squad for the Mundial in Qatar, his teammates showed him, immeasurable love, during the country's final preparatory game
  • Goals from Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Julian Alvarez and Joaquin Correa ensured La Albiceleste wrapped up preparations for the World Cup in perfect style

The Argentine squad showed support for injured teammate Giovani Lo Celso, who missed out on representing La Albiceleste at the 2022 FIFA World Cup through injury.

Lo Celso, who plays for Villarreal in the Spanish topflight, sustained a muscle tear during his side's La Liga clash against Athletic Bilbao in October.

He was expected to return from his injury layoff before the World Cup, however, he had to undergo surgery, extending his recovery time and invariably ruling him out of the Mundial.

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Argentina showed support for Gio Lo Celso who is missing the World Cup through injury. Photo credit: @brfootball
Source: Twitter

Despite his absence, Argentina still look strong and have been tipped by the bookmakers as overwhelming favourites to win the 2022 World Cup, their first since 1986 in Mexico, as noted by SuperSport.

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In Argentina's final dress rehearsal for the World Cup, the two-time world champions - who trounced the United Arab Emirates - showed support for the injured Lo Celso.

In a photo posted on Twitter, seen by Sports Brief, the starting XI held a huge banner with the inscription #TodosJuntos and Lo Celso's image was displayed as they posed for the customary team photo before the start of the game.

Lo Celso ruled out of World Cup

Argentina have suffered a huge blow, with Villarreal midfielder Giovani Lo Celso set to miss the upcoming FIFA World Cup with an injury.

The 26-year-old suffered a muscle tear during his side's La Liga clash against Athletic Bilbao last month, and he was expected to recover in time for the Mundial.

However, Football Espana reports that the former Paris Saint-Germain playmaker will now need to undergo surgery and will thus miss football's biggest global showpiece in Qatar.

Argentina thrash UAE in friendly

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Lionel Messi was among the scorers as Argentina wrapped up their World Cup preparations with a 5-0 friendly victory over the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday.

Messi lashed home his 91st international goal in the first half at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi to help Argentina extend their unbeaten streak to 36 games.

The South American giants can equal Italy's world record unbeaten run of 37 games if they avoid defeat against Saudi Arabia in their World Cup opener in Doha on Tuesday.

Source: SportsBrief.com