Argentina insist ‘Lionel Messi will be fit to play in their World Cup opener’ despite training ALONE just four days out from game against Saudi Arabia
- Lionel Messi trained alone on Friday spelling doubts over his World Cup fitness
- Argentina will kick off their tournament vs Saudi Arabia in just three days time
- But sources inside the club are ‘assuring that the 35-year-old will be fit to play’
- The PSG superstar suffered a ‘minor’ injury just two weeks ago playing for PSG
Concerns have started to arise over Lionel Messi’s fitness after the Argentina forward did not train with his teammates just four days before La Seleccion kick off their World Cup campaign.
Argentina face Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in their opening match in Qatar and have already lost a string of players, with Joaquin Correa and Nicolas Gonzalez being sent home on Friday with injury.
But it appears Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni is not taking any risks with his star striker’s fitness, as according to Marca, the 35-year-old arrived 10 minutes late to the training field on Friday and did not train with the rest of his teammates.
Lionel Messi trained alone on Friday four days away from Argentina’s first World Cup match
Messi arrived 10 minutes late to the field but Argentina say he will be fit to play vs Saudi Arabia
Messi also reportedly did not train with a ball either, but the news coming out of the Argentina camp is positive, with Marca reporting that Argentina are ‘assuring’ that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will be fit to play on Tuesday.
The PSG superstar reportedly suffered an ‘achilles’ injury while playing for his club two weeks ago but according to Journalist Gustavo Yarroch, Argentina are ‘managing his minutes’.
Also confident that he would return for Tuesday, Yarroch wrote on Twitter: ‘Messi has a slight overload in the calves. He is regulating his loads to arrive well at the debut of Argentina on Tuesday against Saudi Arabia. That is why he was seen on the field for just four minutes in the quarter of an hour that the Selection opened its doors.’
It seems Argentina are managing his training load, with Messi having a problem in his calves
The problem seems to be a recurring one, with the Argentina No.10 having missed PSG’s Champions League game against Benfica and a league match against Stade Remis.
Despite the injury, the forward has been in flying form this season, yielding 12 goals and 14 assists in 19 games for the Parisians.
Four of those strikes have come in the Champions League, with Messi inspiring his side to the knockout stages of the tournament, despite coming second in their group.
And also he’s found the net for his country this year too, scoring an outstanding 11 goals in just seven games for La Seleccion.
Messi has scored 11 goals in seven appearances for his national side this year alone
The forward suffered a calf injury two weeks ago while playing for Paris Saint-Germain
Having achieved almost every major honour in the game, Messi is out to complete his trophy cabinet and lead Scaloni’s side to World Cup glory and clinch the trophy that has eluded him for most of his career.
Messi has previously said that this will be his final World Cup but he’ll be needed by Argentina, with the blue and whites sitting in a tough group with Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Poland.