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Musacchio named in Argentina squad for Conmebol qualifiers

Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio has been selected by newly appointed manager Edgardo Bauza for the Conmebol qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela.

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Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio has been named to Argentina’s roster for the Conmebol qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela on September 1st in Mendoza and 5 days later in Mérida.

Argentina is beginning a new process under newly appointed manager Edgardo Bauza after their Copa América Centenario debacle which has extended all the way to the Olympics as the Albiceste failed to qualify for the quarterfinals of the tournament.

The biggest news for Argentina is the return of the Barcelona star Lionel Messi after the Copa América upset when he announced his retirement from the Albiceleste.

One of the surprises of the squad, or perhaps not, has been the exclusion of one the most bombastic signings of the summer, €90 million Juventus man Gonzalo Higuaín.

Musacchio has not played for Argentina since 2011 when he last featured in a friendly match with the Albiceleste against Poland.