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Argentina's Romero out of World Cup

Sergio Romero out of the World Cup

Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero has been ruled out of the World Cup through injury.

The Manchester United stopper was named in Jorge Sampaoli’s squad earlier this week and was expected to be first choice, but will now miss out after picking up a knee injury.

A statement from Argentina’s football federation read: “Sergio Romero suffered today a joint blockage in his right knee that will put him out of the squad.”

Romero, 31, has 94 caps for Argentina and played in the 2014 final defeat by Germany.

Chelsea's Willy Caballero and River Plate's Franco Armani are Argentina's other goalkeepers.

Caballero played in Argentina’s most recent match, a 6-1 friendly defeat to Spain

Nahuel Guzman of Tigres is expected to be called up in place of Romero.

Argentina are in Group D alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria. Their first match is against Iceland on June 16.