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With Lionel Messi at the helm: Who are the stars who will miss the next knockout round for the World Cup?

The presence of Lionel Messi in the duel against Uruguay is practically ruled out, and speculation is beginning with the rest of the players who will also be absent.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

The double knockout date is coming and many teams will play key matches to qualify for the World Cup. Great figures will not be able to participate and here we tell you who the main casualties are. There are many players who could not be called up and here are the most decisive.

In numerical terms, the biggest victim is Uruguay, which loses at least 7 great players in the run-up to what will be a decisive day for its coach Oscar Tabárez, whose position hangs by a thread.

Colombia also loses two of its stars, and Brazil, Venezuela and Chile are on the list. However, technically speaking, the one that loses the most is undoubtedly Argentina. Is that Lionel Messi's injury means that those led by Lionel Scaloni do not have their main figure and emblem, right before their two main rivals on the continent, such as Uruguay, in the Rio de la Plata classic, and Brazil, in the classic of the Americas.

Who are the main absentees on this round of playoffs?

- Argentina: Lionel Messi

- Uruguay: Edinson Cavani, Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Federico Valverde and Nicolás de la Cruz

- Brazil: Roberto Firmino

- Colombia: Radamel Falcao and Juan Fernando Quintero

- Chile: Charles Aránguiz 

- Venezuela: Salomón Rondón

Alexis Almosnino

Digital Sports Journalist received at the university Tea & Deportea in 2016. Specialized in graphic media.+ info

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