Martin Palermo Set To Partner Lionel Messi In Argentina's Attack For Crucial World Cup Qualifier

'The Titan' will have an opportunity to prove his worth against Peru...
Diego Maradona, the coach of the Argentine national team, is more than likely to include Boca Juniors striker Martin Palermo in Argentina's attack to face Peru in a decisive World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

Maradona surprised many when he included Palermo in his squad for the World Cup qualifiers last month, but now it seems that the veteran will receive an opportunity to demonstrate his attacking prowess from the kick-off.

Palermo, who scored his 200th Argentine league goal against defending champions Velez Sarsfield on the weekend, will partner Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in Argentina's intimidating attack.

At first it seemed that Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain would occupy the position, however, Palermo's two goals in an international friendly against Ghana last week changed Maradona's mind.

Maradona will include another veteran, Newell's Old Boys' Rolando Schiavi, in his starting line-up, while Angel De Maria of Benfica and Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City are also set to start.

Argentina have lost their previous three World Cup qualifiers, and will need to be at their very best in order to overcome a Peru side that will only be playing for pride.

Gregory Sica, Goal.com