Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni admits Sergio Aguero is unlikely to be at 100 per cent fitness for this month's international fixtures, as he discussed the chances of the Manchester City striker making his national squad.
Aguero's injury issues at the start of the season meant he has missed Argentina's last four fixtures, and coupled with the suspension of international fixtures at the start of 2020, the City no.10 has not played for his country since November 2018. In fact, he's only played once in ten fixtures since the end of the 2019 Copa America.
Now Aguero is back fit with the City first team, where he made a first start since October in the weekend's win over West Ham, Scaloni has asked about the chances of calling up Aguero for the fixtures against Uruguay and Brazil at the end of the month.
However, Scaloni suggested that while a call up is likely, Argentina would accept Aguero is not going to be at his peak fitness.
"I spoke with him a month ago and hopefully he can catch up," Scaloni said, quoted by TyC.
"Next week we will decide the final list and it is always under consideration, but it has to be in the best conditions and we know that it will not reach 100 oer cent."
Scaloni is facing fitness and injury concerns throughout his squad, and reiterated that a decision will be made next week before finalising a squad.
He explained: "It will be a difficult double date as they are all, but this has the peculiarity that we have been counting the players and seeing how they will arrive: there are some who are not in the best conditions, but we have time to wait and give the final list".
Pep Guardiola has expressed concern that the international break will see Covid-19 cases rise as players jet off across the world to join with their countries, but said he won't stop any City player from international duty.
And Scaloni said talks are underway to ensure as many players from Europe can join the Argentina squad as other managers, clubs and associations share Guardiola concerns.
He said: "I think there is a meeting with Conmebol to reach an agreement. If the countries decide not to send the players, we cannot do a lot, hopefully they can come because they are important players."