Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni will miss the tie against Chile in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Argentina and Brazil have already secured their places in the FIFA World Cup in 2022. Lionel Messi will also be unavailable for the match against Chile.

After testing positive for COVID-19, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni will miss Thursday’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Chile. (Learn More About Football)

Scaloni said at a press conference on Wednesday that the match will be overseen by his assistants Walter Samuel and Roberto Ayala. Argentina has already qualified for the tournament in Qatar, while Chile remains in the running.

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

“I’m fine. I’ve recovered.” “However, the PCR is still positive,” Scaloni said. Lionel Messi, Argentina’s superstar, will also be absent as he recovers from the virus. His replacement in the starting lineup is expected to be Paulo Dybala.

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“After (Messi) tested positive for COVID, I spoke with him. “It had a big impact on him because he had the most severe variant,” Scaloni said. “It’s critical that he recovers and regains his fitness because there will be crucial moments ahead.”

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Chile has been hit by the virus, with defenders Mauricio Isla and Francisco Sierralta, as well as winger Jean Meneses, all out. Brazil and Argentina have both qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with South American qualifying offering two more automatic spots.

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The team that finishes fifth in the standings advances to a playoff against an Asian opponent. Only Venezuela, which is in last place and has seven points, is out of contention.

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