Manchester United and Argentina keeper Sergio Romero will miss the World Cup finals due to a knee injury.
The South American stopper was hurt in a challenge with Diego Costa when representing his country in a friendly against Spain in March. Although he fought his way back to feature in United's final Premier League match of the season, performing well and keeping a clean sheet against Watford, the latest development is a real blow.
A statement on the Argentinian Football Association's website read:
“Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero will be removed from the list of 23 players who will participate in the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
”The Manchester United player today suffered a joint blockage in his right knee which requires surgery.
Argentina have called up Nahuel Guzman of Tigres to replace Romero, who appeared in the World Cup final against Germany four years ago.
Team-mate for club and country, Marcos Rojo, posted the message 'Fuerza Chiqui' ('Be strong, Tiny - his nickname) on Instagram in support of his friend.