Despite doubts over their chances of making the World Cup, Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi are in Argentina’s provisional 35-man squad.

Argentina’s players celebrate the opening goal scored by Ever Banega during an international friendly football match between Argentina and Nigeria in Krasnodar on November 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO

The attacking duo have been named alongside captain Lionel Messi and the injured Sergio Aguero in head coach Jorge Sampaoli’s plans.





Both Icardi and Dybala have seen their chances of making the final World Cup squad cast into doubt since Sampaoli left them out of the group for the international friendlies in March.

It has been suggested Juventus star Dybala will be part of the 23-man party heading to Russia, despite his indifferent form in the latter part of the season, while Inter striker Icardi is not expected to be included.

A knee injury kept Aguero out of Manchester City’s last six games of the Premier League season, but it is expected he will be fully fit for the tournament.

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