Although Lionel Messi has been excluded from the list due to being prone to injury (he just barely returned to the pitch), other great players will form part of the squad. Riquelme, Mascherano, Demichelis, Aguero, Lavezzi, Zabaletta, Higuain, Gago, amongst others, are part of the 18-man list. Besides the fact that many ex-River players will be present (Mascherano, Demichelis, and Higuain), a shocking surprise was the inclusion of a current "millonario" on the team: none other than Marco Ruben. Despite not being able to consolidate himself as a solid player for River, the ex-Rosario Central player has been called-up and could have a chance of playing in the Olympics if he completes an effective task.
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As for River news, the transfer market is anything but closed. Sebastian Leto, an Argentine left-winger with little playing time in Liverpool, could follow Archubi's footsteps and join the club on the loan. The similarities between the two are more than alike: both play on the left wing, both would be arriving from Europe, both played in Lanus last year... the list can go on. Unfortunately, in order to bring in players, Aguilar puts his "I buy, I sell" rule to effect: the club is said to be prepared to sell one foward (either Falcao or Marco Ruben) to a European club before the start of the season. Falcao is wanted by Aston Villa, while Ruben is being followed closely by Deportivo La Coruna and Villarreal.
Apologies to everyone for turning this River blog into an Argentinean one. I contained myself during the Copa America and didn't make any posts related to the team, but I couldn't help it now: it's not everyday that the Argentine National Team comes to my city!