Injured Dybala to miss World Cup qualifiers
Injured Dybala to miss World Cup qualifiers

Buenos Aires, March 24 (IANS) Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has been ruled out of Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia with a right leg injury.

The 22-year-old travelled back to Italy on Wednesday to receive treatment after failing to pass a fitness test, Xinhua news agency reported, citing Argentina coach Gerardo Martino.

“His withdrawal was not unexpected,” Martino told reporters, adding: “Juventus were kind enough to allow him to fly down to Argentina, but he will not be ready for these two games.”

Martino said he would not call up a replacement for Dybala, who has scored 14 goals in Italy’s Serie A this season.

Argentina are currently sixth in the South American zone’s World Cup qualifying standings with five points from four matches.