The road to the 2026 World Cup starts for Argentina over the next week, as they take on Ecuador and Bolivia in qualifying matches.
Providing an update on Martinez’s injury situation, Scaloni stated in his press conference that the centre-back is unlikely to be used against Ecuador on Thursday night, but could return in time to face Bolivia next Tuesday.
“Licha, as you know, had an issue with his feet,” Scaloni said.
“By the way, he had surgery a while ago. In the last game he was in pain, went out for precaution. They have done studies and he’s well. He’ll be with us if we want to risk him or not. It’s an uncomfortable situation and we have other team-mates who can replace him well.
“It’s not necessary that we risk him. In any case, if he’s available, we’ll evaluate whether to use him or not. At first, for [the Ecuador] match, it’d be a little rushed, we’ll see for the second match.”