Continued absence of Tevez frustrates Argentine media

The toothless performance seemed to go hand-in-hand with one man’s absence as Argentina stuttered to a goalless draw with Ecuador in the first of their international friendly double-header.

But while Lionel Messi’s injury ruled him out of proceedings, it is the continued snub of Juventus striker Carlo Tevez by Albiceleste manager Alejandro Sabella that had the Argentine media in a flutter after the match.

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The former Citizen has scored six  Serie A  goals for Juventus in 12 appearances.

 The once stubborn substitute has taken little time to settle into life in Turin, netting six league goals in his opening 12 games for the club.

Only three men have more league goals than Tevez in the division and he’s managed one more than Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain this season, who started the ill-fated Ecuador match.

With 62 international caps, Tevez’s experience could prove handy as an injury replacement

Injury has ruled Messi out for six weeks and Argentina clearly suffered against Ecuador in his absence.

With 13 goals in his 62 international appearances, the ex-Man City number 32 is clearly an able replacement for any of the favoured forward line, especially over the inexperienced Franco Di Santo and Mauro Icardi who’ve both been trusted recently.

Tevez hasn’t pulled on the blue and white striped jersey since the 2011 Copa America quarter-final.

Sabella took the Argentine footballing helm after the country’s defeat on penalties to Uruguay in that tournament and hasn’t picked Tevez since.

The coach claims that he doesn’t wish to harm the morale of the group in calling the striker up, suggesting that the player has a negative impact.

But with Albiceleste skipper Javier Mascherano claiming that the majority of the squad have a good relationship with his former West Ham teammate, Sabella may not be able to resit Tevez’s charms much longer.

Adeyemi Adesanya

Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan

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