Maradona Gives Esteban Fuertes Argentina Call-Up

The coach of Los Albicelestes announced that the Colon striker will make up part of the squad to face Panama...
Diego Maradona, the coach of the Argentine national team, chose Esteban Fuertes of Colon de Santa Fe to replace Milton Caraglio for the upcoming friendly match with Panama.

With the last moment inclusion of Fuertes, Maradona will begin work with the home-based side on Tuesday, with the match to take place on May 20 in Santa Fe.

Maradona selected a 26-man roster for the match, which includes four Colon players. Fuertes, who scored twice for Colon on the weekend, occupies the place of Caraglio, who pulled out of the squad due to injury.

The 36-year-old has been in prolific form for Los Sabaleros this season and this is much of the reason why they are still in contention for the Argentine Clausura Championship.

'El Diez' will use the Panama friendly to test out a number of players who could feature in the decisive World Cup qualifier against Ecuador.

The idea is for what occurred in their last qualifier against Bolivia not to repeat itself. After thrashing Venezuela in Buenos Aires, Argentina were humiliated 6-1 by the Bolivians and Maradona believes it was because his squad were fatigued.

Maradona's intention is to use his international superstars against Colombia, and then to field a team made up of home-based players for the clash with Ecuador in Quito four days later.

Other experienced players featuring in his squad include Juan Sebastian Veron, Martin Palermo, Sebastian Battaglia and Daniel Montenegro.

Gregory Sica,