Inter Milan’s Zanetti to miss Argentina’s clash with Japan

Argentina will be without Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti for next month’s international friendly with Japan.

Argentina will be without Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti for next month’s international friendly with Japan.

The Albiceleste take on the Blue Samurai in Saitama on October 8 but Zanetti will not be part of Sergio Batista’s travelling squad according to the Argentine Football Association’s official website.

Zanetti was "left out following a telephone conversation between the doctors of his club and the national team doctor of Argentina, Dr Daniel Martinez.

"During the call it was confirmed that Zanetti would need more days to rest as he has not recovered from a chest injury."

Stars such as Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain, Diego Milito, Gabriel Heinze and Javier Mascherano have all been included in the squad.