Argentina goalkeeper Romero out of World Cup with injury

From left, Argentina soccer players Eduardo Salvio, Marcos Acuna, goalkeeper Sergio Romero and Nicolas Otamendi attend a training session of the Argentina national soccer team in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The Argentine Football Association announced that goalkeeper Sergio Romero will not be able to play in the World Cup due to a knee injury. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)

Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero will miss the World Cup because of a right knee injury

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero will miss the World Cup because of a right knee injury, the Argentine soccer federation announced.

The AFA also said late Tuesday that the Manchester United reserve may need surgery. Romero was one of the three goalkeepers chosen by coach Jorge Sampaoli for the 23-player squad he will take to the World Cup in Russia. Franco Armani and Wilfredo Caballero were also named in the squad.

Romero was a starter for Argentina at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. Nahuel Guzman, who plays for Mexican club Tigres, was picked as Romero's replacement.

"Romero's injury represents a sensitive loss, not just in the soccer part, but on the human side. He's been a starter for 10 years with the national team," Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano told reporters Wednesday.

"These are things that happen in soccer, it could happen to anyone. Now, we must all move forward together, those who are still here."

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