Sergio Aguero has been released by Argentina and will return to Manchester City to continue his recovery from a knee injury.
The 24-year-old has been back in his homeland for treatment and was named in the initial Argentina squad for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Bolivia.
Aguero said on Twitter: “My knee is better but the squad’s physicians would rather have me be safe and stick with the treatments until it’s completely healed.
“It’s a pity to miss out on the national squad matches but I’ll be cheering for Argentina from Manchester, while I finish the recovery.”
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said last week that he expected Aguero to resume training early next week and has him pencilled in for a return to action against Newcastle on 30 March.