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Messi Set To Miss Out Again As Argentina Face Spain In Friendly

Messi Set To Miss Out Again As Argentina Face Spain In Friendly

Lionel Messi is set to miss Argentina’s second successive friendly after it was reported he would not feature in the Albiceleste’s clash with Spain at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday.

According to British newspaper mirror.co.uk, Messi has been struggling for fitness since linking up with his international side before sitting as an unused substitute during Friday’s 2-0 friendly win against Italy at the Etihad Stadium.


The forward has been complaining of discomfort in his hamstring and adductor in his right leg which has been attributed to fatigue from his gruelling season.

He stayed in the hotel gym on Saturday, but did appear today (Sunday) and went through his paces with the rest of the squad.

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The Barcelona star has played 47 times for club and country since the beginning of the season with nine La Liga, a Copa del Rey final, potentially five more Champions League fixtures before the 2018 World Cup.

“I always feel like playing but there is a long way to the World Cup,” Messi said after missing the 2-0 victory over Italy.

“I always want to play, but I came here with discomfort.”

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  • Dr Benson . O Brian 4 years ago

    Smart dude! Trying to avoid any form of injury that’s going to cost him any chance of missing the Mundial come June! One smart ass cookie! He’s in charge.

    Looking forward to Nigeria vs Argies.

  • Den argentina ready to lose to spain in friendly again

  • Debbie 4 years ago

    No matter how much you ‘manage’ yourself bra Messi, Argentina will not win this world cup. Yours has been an illustrious career, even one in a million. But thou shalt not win the world cup. Confirmed!

  • Lol. What a deliberate ploy by Messi and Sampaoli. The ploy of Argentina winning without Messi has started paying dividend if the result against Italy is considered.

    Nigeria should emulate this in case of Mikel. Despite the noticeable lapses noticed in the SE midfield versus Poland which with time will be history, we should stick to the plan of trying to play and win matches without Mikel to forestall against poor performance of the team when eventually Mikel retires.