ASUNCION, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Argentine-born midfielder Nestor Ortigoza was included on Wednesday in Paraguay’s squad for their last World Cup qualifiers next month.
Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz, who has recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of action for most of the year, was not included.
Paraguay, who secured their place at the 2010 finals in South Africa with two games to spare, visit Venezuela on Oct. 10 and host Colombia four days later.
Ortigoza, who plays in the Argentine first division for Argentinos Juniors, recently became a naturalised Paraguayan. This is his first call-up.
“He has chances of being considered (for the World Cup). He is a holding midfielder but versatile with good ball control,” Paraguay’s Argentine coach Gerardo Martino told the local daily ABC Color.
Goalkeepers: Justo Villar (Real Valladolid), Aldo Bobadilla (Independiente Medellin), Diego Barreto (Cerro Porteno)
Defenders: Julio Cesar Caceres (Boca Juniors), Denis Caniza (Nacional), Carlos Bonet (Olimpia), Dario Veron (Pumas UNAM), Paulo da Silva (Sunderland), Aureliano Torres (San Lorenzo), Antolin Alcaraz (Club Bruges), Marcos Caceres (Racing Club), Miguel Samudio (Libertad)
Midfielders: Enrique Vera (LDU Quito), Nestor Ortigoza (Argentinos Juniors), Cristian Riveros (Cruz Azul), Jonathan Santana (VfL Wolfsburg), Victor Caceres (Libertad), Osvaldo Martinez (Monterrey), Eduardo Ledesma (Lanus)
Forwards: Salvador Cabanas (America, Mexico), Nelson Haedo (Borussia Dortmund), Oscar Cardozo (Benfica), Edgar Benitez (Pachuca), Jorge Achucarro (Newell’s Old Boys), Dante Lopez (Pumas UNAM) (Reporting by Mariel Cristaldo, writing by Rex Gowar, editing by Alison Wildey; to query or comment on this story email email@example.com)