Argentina’s World Cup hero Lautaro Martinez has stated that he played the game against the Netherlands with an ankle injection.
Martinez proved key for the Albiceleste, as the Inter man stepped up to convert the team’s decisive penalty after the game had ended 2-2 after extra-time. Martinez had been criticised by the Argentine press for his performances and his agent had come out publicly, saying that he had been struggling with an ankle injury before the tournament started.
After his penalty success, Martinez spoke to SportItalia and he gave his views about the game: “I was sorry for the criticism, I played with an ankle injection. Coach Scaloni and my teammates never let me miss their closeness, however. Have I heard from Inzaghi? Of course, both him and the teammates and the managers. I always thank you for the affection I receive.”
The Argentina man is yet to score from open play so far in the tournament and he has had a frustrating campaign so far, as he missed a vital chance for the side against Australia in the Round of 16 clash. Julian Alvarez has been playing ahead of Martinez in the pecking order, so far.
Inconsistent spells aren’t are not a neew thing for Martinez and considering how he has been dealing with a niggling injury, this spell is not exactly a surprise.
Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN