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Tottenham's Erik Lamela says Argentina return spurred on recovery from injury

Juan Foyth's first-ever goal for Tottenham gave his side a deserved 1-0 at Selhurst Park against a listless Crystal Palace
Juan Foyth's first-ever goal for Tottenham gave his side a deserved 1-0 at Selhurst Park against a listless Crystal Palace
Juan Foyth's first-ever goal for Tottenham gave his side a deserved 1-0 at Selhurst Park against a listless Crystal Palace

Erik Lamela said he was determined to return to the Argentina squad during his 13-month injury absence and is thrilled to have now achieved that goal.

The 26-year-old Tottenham winger's last international appearance came in September 2016, a month before he suffered a hip problem that sidelined him for over a year.

Lamela was overlooked for the World Cup squad but, having scored six goals for Spurs this season, he has been recalled and could add to his 23 caps when Argentina play back-to-back friendlies...

Managerless Mexico faces tough trip to Argentina, despite Messi's absence

Mexico has been desperate to play games on the road against tough opposition and, while Lionel Messi might not be with the Argentina squad, the upcoming matches against La Albiceleste on Friday (Cordoba) and Nov. 20 (Mendoza) will be stern tests to end the year for El Tri.

These past few months have been a kind of mini-cycle for Mexico's interim coach, Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti. Integral players such as Hector Herrera, Hector Moreno, Javier Hernandez and Andres Guardado have been cast to one side....

Argentina's Lionel Messi 'still chewing over World Cup disappointment' - AFA chief Tapia

Interim coach Lionel Scaloni admits he's uncertain if Lionel Messi will return to the national team, but is optimistic for the newcomers to the side.
Carlos Tevez urges Lionel Messi to rest and think about his future with the Argentina national team because he's one of the nation's biggest idols.

Argentina will not rush Lionel Messi's return to the national team but will instead allow him to "finish chewing the disappointment of the World Cup."

Messi has not featured for the Albiceleste since captaining the side to the round-of-16 at last summer's tournament in Russia, where they were beaten by eventual champions France.

On Monday, Barcelona forward Messi picked up the awards for La Liga's top player and as the leading scorer of the league last season.

"We have the best in the world [Messi],...

Mexico's Hirving Lozano will not face Argentina due to hamstring injury

Hirving Lozano in action for PSV Eindhoven
Hirving Lozano in action for PSV Eindhoven.

Mexico winger Hirving Lozano will not travel to Argentina with the rest of the squad due to a right hamstring contracture, the Mexican federation (FMF) confirmed on Sunday.

Lozano was due to meet the squad in Cordoba ahead of Friday's first match against Argentina, but will miss both that match and the Nov. 20 clash against the same opposition in Mendoza.

"Chucky" Lozano was one of Mexico's best players at last summer's World Cup and the 23-year-old is a vital part of the younger generation of players...