The 32-year-old was then hit with a three-month ban from international football and a $50,000 fine for subsequently alleging the competition, won by hosts Brazil, was fixed.
With so many senior players unavailable, Scaloni has called up the likes of Adolfo Gaich and Alexis Mac Allister from the development squad – handing the latter his international debut as a substitute in the 0-0 draw with Chile on Friday.
And now it could be the turn of Gaich to impress his new manager, who has six goals in five appearances for the U23s after stealing the limelight at the Pan American Games in Peru.
The San Lorenzo striker could partner Lautaro Martinez in attack, with the Inter Milan ace one of just four players set to keep his starting berth from last time out.
Mundo Albiceleste cite a report by TyC Sports that claims only Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes and Lucas Martinez Quarta will also get the nod once more.
Esteban Andrade should replace Agustin Marchesin in goal while Germain Pezzella will come into central defence following Nicolas Otamendi’s return to Manchester City.
Marcos Acuna could deputise for Nicolas Tagliafico at left-back while the participation of Gonzalo Montiel and Paulo Dybala will depend on their fitness nearer to kick-off.
Giovani Lo Celso picked up a knock against Chile and could be replaced by Exequiel Palacios while Manuel Lanzini or Roberto Pereyra could benefit if Dybala does not feature.
Argentina predicted line-up vs Mexico – International friendly
(4-3-1-2): Andrada; Montiel, Martinez, Pezzella, Acuna; Paredes, De Paul, Palacios; Lanzini; Gaich, Martinez