Barcelona star Lionel Messi may not feature at all for Argentina in their international matches, as his injury fears have worsened.
Argentina coach, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, gave an update on the 27-year-old’s injury, saying that the superstar even struggled to wear his boots at training – adding that he understands that the fans want to see him play.
“The first day he trained well, the second he was in some discomfort and the third, it was difficult for him to even put his boots on,” he told AS.
“We can all understand the desire of the fans to watch him play, but he really couldn't. It was a matter of taking care of him. Leo always tries to play if he can."
The Argentina boss spoke on the chances of Lionel Messi featuring on in Argentina’s next game, saying he won’t play of he isn’t fit enough.
“We're going to wait until the last minute, but we're not going to take any risks with Messi,” he added.
“If he's still the way he is now, he's not going to play next Tuesday. We need to look after him.”
Messi picked up the knock to his foot in Barcelona’s win against Real Madrid in El Clasico, and will be important for his club’s final stretch of the season.
For country, Messi has scored 44 goals in 91 games, while for the Spanish giants this season, he’s scored 43 times in 41 matches.
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