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Mascherano gets Olympics call-up

Javier Mascherano
Mascherano is a vital member of Liverpool's side

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has been named in Argentina's squad for the Olympic Games in August.

The 24-year-old is one of the three overage players allowed in the Under-23 squad for the Games in Beijing.

Mascherano will now miss the start of the Reds' season, including both legs of their Champions League third-round qualifier on 12 and 27 August.

He is joined in the 18-man squad by Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero.

Mascherano's absence will be a blow for Reds boss Rafael Benitez as the Argentine has developed into a crucial member of his side in the holding midfield role.

Benitez is also set to have problems replacing Mascherano as fellow midfielder Lucas Leiva is expected to play for Brazil at the Games.

Liverpool's young left-back Emiliano Insua is on Argentina's standby list and could also be called up.

Argentina, who also have Juan Roman Riquelme in their squad, will travel to Tokyo to play a friendly against Japan on 29 July before going on to Beijing.

see also
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02 Jul 08 |  Football
Man Utd's Park to miss Olympics
17 Jun 08 |  Football
Footballers targeted for Olympics
04 Jun 08 |  London 2012

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