Argentina changes for Azzurri

Argentina tested their line-up for Friday’s friendly against Italy, including Lucas Biglia, Gonzalo Higuain and Lionel Messi.

Coach Jorge Sampaoli is preparing his men for the match in Manchester on Friday evening.

Sergio Aguero pulled out with a left knee injury, so Juventus centre-forward Higuain is tipped to lead the attack.

He is supported by Messi, Angel Di Maria and the surprise inclusion of 26-year-old Independiente star Maximiliano Meza.

It would be Meza’s debut senior cap for his country.

Milan midfielder Biglia is likely to be partnered by former Roma man Leandro Paredes, now at Zenit St Petersburg, resting Javier Mascherano.

Roma defender Federico Fazio would get the nod with ex-Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

Argentina (probable): Romero; Mercado, Fazio, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Paredes, Biglia; Meza, Messi, Di Maria; Higuain

Italy (probable): Buffon; Florenzi, Bonucci, Rugani (Ogbonna), Spinazzola (Darmian); Jorginho (Parolo), Verratti, Bonaventura (Pellegrini); Chiesa (Candreva), Immobile, Insigne

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