Napoli striker Gonzalo Higua n has reportedly won his fight to be fit for the crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Colombia on Tuesday, but Los Cafeteros striker Jackson Mart nez has been ruled out
Argentina have yet to win a game in their qualification campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, with Gerardo Martino’s men being held to a 1-1 draw against Brazil on Friday despite taking the lead and controlling the match for large periods.
Colombia too go into Tuesday’s clash on the back of a 1-1 draw — theirs more impressive given it was against Chile away from home. Jos P kerman’s side are two points ahead of Argentina and in a more comfortable position, but having now failed to win in their previous two games, the 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists will be looking to arrest that slide.
Argentina will be without Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Sergio AgA?ero and Javier Pastore, all of whom had been ruled out before the international break. In good news however, Serie A top-scorer Gonzalo Higua n has been passed fit to play after suffering a foot injury in the 1-1 draw against Brazil.
The striker reportedly missed training on Saturday, but has recovered in time to lead the Argentine attack on Tuesday. However, Tottenham Hotspur attacker rik Lamela is reportedly a doubt with a muscular issue.
Meanwhile, Colombia have suffered a blow with star striker Jackson Mart nez ruled out of the clash after suffering an ankle sprain against Chile on Thursday. To add to Los Cafeteros‘ woes, defensive midfielder Carlos SA?nchez and defender Santiago Arias are suspended after picking up their second yellow cards of the qualification campaign on Thursday.