- Argentina are set to play Italy and Spain in pre-World Cup friendly matches
- Jorge Sampaoli’s side have set up base at Manchester City’s elite facilities
- A selection of the nation’s top stars turned out for training on Tuesday morning
Jorge Sampaoli’s side of global talents have had to make do with the rain and freezing cold temperatures of Manchester, after selecting City’s base as their home during the upcoming matches.
A selection of the Argentina side, minus talisman Lionel Messi, turned out for training on Tuesday morning, wrapped up against the elements.
The Argentina squad have been put through their paces at Manchester City’s base this week
Manchester United man Marcos Rojo didn’t have to travel far to link up with the squad
Manager Jorge Sampaoli kept a watchful eye over his squad as they prepared for action
Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero wrapped up warm for the session in cold temperatures
Sampaoli watched on as his side went through the gears, making sure they are ready in time for Friday’s clash with the Italians.
A host of Premier League stars were on show, including Chelsea and Manchester United goalkeeping duo Willy Caballero and Sergio Romero, along with Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori.
Messi is set to join up with the squad imminently, and was seen saying goodbye to his young children after his partner Antonella Roccuzzo posted an image of him online, before his flight.
Tests against Italy and Spain should be good preparation for Argentina, who are bidding to add another famous World Cup win to the two in their history.
Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori has returned from injury in time for the national team
Juventus ace Gonzalo Higuain looks upbeat after meeting up with his comrades
Veteran star Javier Mascherano set the tone for the session with high intensity work-rate
United goalkeeper Sergio Romero will be hopeful of featuring in Russia this summer
In Russia Argentina will find themselves in Group D, alongside Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria.
The tournament is likely to be the last for Messi, who is 31 in June.
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.