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The former Barcelona and Villarreal star could be be set for a return to the international fold after a period of self-induced exile...

Boca Juniors midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme could be set for an unexpected return to the international fold, despite announcing that he had quit following a bust-up with Coach Diego Maradona.

The 30-year old was involved in a public difference of opinion with the Argentina Coach, which led to Riquelme making himself unavailable for selection for the foreseeable future.

However, after the humiliating 6-1 defeat against Bolivia, a result that has left the Albicelestes struggling to qualify for World Cup 2010 in South Africa, Julio Grondona, head of the Argentine football association, has stepped into the debate in an attempt to reach a resolution.

And it appears that the Grondona's respect within the game has meant that Riquelme could be set to return to Maradona's ailing outfit. The former Villarreal man is understood to have held discussions with Grondona, with a view to him once more donning the sacred no. 10 jersey.

According to reports from Argentina, The 48-year old is aware that the Boca Juniors man is integral to his philosophy and knows that the side are currently missing his supreme influence from the centre of the pitch.

Talks are set to continue into next week, and should an agreement be reached, then Riquelme may be considered for the friendly match against Uruguay on 20 May.

Argentina are currently holding onto 4th position in the South American qualifying section, amassing 19 points from their 12 matches so far, and their next competitive fixture is against Colombia in June.

Paul Macdonald, Goal.com


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