City pair will be big in Japan

24 September 2010 07:31
Manchester City's Carlos Tevez and Pablo Zabaleta have both been included in Argentina's squad for next month's friendly in Japan.

The pair form part of a 25-man party which will play in Saitama on October 8.

Tevez and Zabaleta will have plenty of time to recover given City's next game is not until October 17 (at Blackpool).

Meanwhile, Javier Pastore and Oscar Ustari both return to the squad named by Sergio Batista.

Palermo's talented midfielder Pastore was part of the 2010 World Cup squad selected by Diego Maradona but was not picked by Batista for the friendly with World Cup winners Spain.

Getafe's Ustari was the third-choice goalkeeper in Germany 2006 but Maradona after did not call upon him Batista has given him a new chance.

Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan has received his first senior call-up after Maradona only selected him for a home-based squad for minor friendlies in Argentina.

Leading stars Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain are also included, the former despite currently nursing an ankle injury.

Full squad: Andujar (Catania), Ustari (Getafe), Romero, Zanetti (Inter Milan), Samuel (Inter Milan), G Milito (Barcelona), Burdisso (Roma), Zabaleta (Man City), Heinze (Marseille), Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Di Maria (Real Madrid), Gago (Real Madrid), Mascherano (Barcelona), Cambiasso (Inter Milan), Sosa (Napoli), Bolatti (Fiorentina), Pastore (Palermo), D'Alessandro (Inter Brasil), Gaitan (Benfica), Tevez (Man City), Higuain (Real Madrid), Messi (Barcelona), Aguero (Atletico Madrid), D Milito (Inter Milan), Lavezzi (Napoli).

Source: Team_Talk