Carlos Tevez, who is currently in limbo with club side Manchester City, has not been included in the Argentina squad for next month's 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualifiers against Bolivia and Colombia. However, coach Alejandro Sabella has called up two of Tevez's teammates in defender Pablo Zabaleta and striker Sergio Aguero, with the latter among the scorers in the 6-1 rout of Manchester rivals United on Sunday.
Also missing out on the squad, following this month's defeat to Venezula are Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez, Nicolas Otamendi, Ricky Alvarez, Eduardo Salvio, Nicolas Pareja, Emiliano Insua, Fabian Rinaudo and Rodrigo Palacio.
This means alongside Aguero, Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Javier Pastore, the in-form Paris Saint-Germain midfielder will be looking to provide the fire-power in Tevez's absence. The former Manchester United forward was fined two weeks wages yesterday after being found guilty of refusing to come on as a substitute in City's 2-0 UEFA Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich last month.
Argentina began their campaign to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil with a 4-1 win over Chile but then followed the Venezuela defeat. They face Bolivia at home on 11 November in Buenos Aires before travelling to face Colombia in Barranquilla four days later.
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria/ITA), Mariano Andujar (Catania/ITA)
Defenders: Martin Demichelis (Malaga/ESP), Nicolas Burdisso (Roma/ITA), Federico Fernandez (Napoli/ITA), Fabian Monzon (Nice/FRA), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City/ENG), Marcos Rojo (Spartak Moscow/RUS)
Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/ESP), Ever Banega (Valencia/ESP), Fernando Gago (Roma/ITA), Javier Pastore (PSG/FRA), Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica/POR), Jose Sosa (Metalist Kharkiv/UKR), Pablo Guinazu (Internacional/BRA)
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid/ESP), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid/ESP), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli/ITA), German Denis (Atalanta/ITA), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/ENG)