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Tevez omitted by Argentina

Sabella does not call up Man City striker for friendlies

Last Updated: 19/08/11 10:09am

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Tevez: Not called up by Sabella for next month's friendlies in Asia

Tevez: Not called up by Sabella for next month's friendlies in Asia

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New manager Alejandro Sabella has left Manchester City's unsettled striker Carlos Tevez out of the Argentina squad for a pair of friendlies in Asia next month.

Sabella, who has named one squad of domestic players for back-to-back friendlies against Brazil and one including overseas-based players for games against Venezuela and Nigeria, has overlooked Tevez but included his new City team-mate Sergio Aguero in the latter.

Tevez's club future is up in the air as his expected transfer away from Eastlands has yet to transpire and his international prospects under Sabella are now in question.

Tevez was a favourite of Diego Maradona but endured a more fractious relationship with the departed Sergio Batista and was only a late call-up to the Copa America squad.

Veteran midfielders Juan Sebastian Veron and Juan Roman Riquelme have been recalled.

Boca Juniors' star Riquelme is in line for his first appearance since October 2008 having been overlooked by Batista and Diego Maradona.

Veron, meanwhile, played for Sabella previously in his former role as Estudiantes coach.

Martin Demichelis, Nicolas Otamendi, Jonas Gutierrez, Lucho Gonzalez and Lisandro Lopez are all back in the squad, which is captained by Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

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