Lionel Messi is expected to miss both of Argentina’s opening games of World Cup qualifying against Ecuadaor and Paraguay on Thursday and next Tuesday respectively which leaves the iconic no. 10 Jersey vacant for Sergio Aguero.
Messi is also a massive doubt for the crunch clashes against Brazil but Aguero who scored five goals against Newcastle at the weekend is confident that the team can do well without the Barcelona star.
“I spoke to the kitman and he told me it is obligatory – someone has to use it because the numbers go from 1 to 23,” Aguero revealed.
“I wore it for the first time against Bosnia, in a friendly in the United States, and Leo said: ‘When I am not around, Kun has to use it.’ Then he started to send me messages: ‘Are you going to wear it? You’re not going to chicken out?’
“Now every time he is absent it is up to me to wear it. I am happy to pull on the shirt, but it obviously belongs to him.
“It is a bit strange because Leo has always been here with us, but these things happen in football, we have great players here and we can do well without him,” Aguero explained.
“Obviously it is different without him but we can still make a good start.
“Messi is Messi, he is irreplaceable. But there is a great team here which can make his absence felt less sharply. Now the key is winning, picking up three points. We are playing at home, it is a long time since Argentina has seen us and we have to play well from the start to gain confidence.”