Martin Demichelis & Lucho Gonzalez in line for Argentina starts as side trains for Venezuela clash

The pair have been in the international wilderness for the past few years, but could feature against Venezuela after being included in the first team for Wednesday's practice
Malaga defender Martin Demichelis and Marseille's Lucho Gonzalez were two surprise inclusions in the Argentina team which trained on Wednesday in Calcutta, as new coach Alejandro Sabella assesses his options ahead of Friday's test against Venezuela.

The pair are two of a host of changes made from the last time the Albiceleste took the field, in their ill-fated Copa America quarter-final against Uruguay. Demichelis has not appeared for Argentina since 2010's 1-0 victory over Ireland, while Lucho last took the field in 2009 when he scored in the humiliating 6-1 reverse against Bolivia.

Ole reports that new Inter arrival Ricky Alvarez also appeared in the first-team during Wednesday's training session, as did Porto's Nicolas Otamendi, while Lionel Messi lined up on the right side of a three-man attack alongside Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria.

Sabella is yet to confirm his final line-up for the friendly, which will kick off at 15:30 CET.

Possible Argentina XI:

Romero; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Otamendi, Rojo; Lucho González, Mascherano, Ricky Alvarez; Messi, Higuain and Di María