Lionel Messi will be available in Argentina against Uruguay in South American tie, says DT

Tuesday photo of Argentina forward Lionel Messi in practice with DT Lionel Scaloni Nov 9, 2021 REUTERS / Agustin Marcarian

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Star Lionel Messi recovered from the physical problems that prevented him from playing for Paris Saint Germain and will be available on Friday in the Argentine soccer team’s game against Uruguay for the South American qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup. , reported coach Lionel Scaloni.

“Messi is fine, yesterday he trained. He did differentiated (work) the first days and yesterday he intensified a little more, and in principle he is available, we think Leo is fine,” Scaloni said Thursday at a press conference in the field sports of the Argentine Football Association.

“Leo wants to play and I want him to play. He has always played in the Copa América and for me he is a source of pride. I hope everyone has the desire to play like him in the Cup even though they are not in the best conditions.”

Messi did not participate in the last PSG games due to “discomfort in the hamstrings on the left side and pain in the knee after a concussion”, for which the call for the selected team provoked the reaction of the Parisian club’s directive and general manager Leonardo .

“We have a relationship with Leonardo and it is understandable about them, who understand that in recent times (Messi) has been with the national team a lot due to a calendar issue (…) Nor can it be doubted that we are in order to summon them. He has always been a problem for European clubs, “said Scaloni.

On the other hand, in contrast to Messi’s situation, the Argentine coach said that PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes will not be available due to physical problems. “It is ruled out, we are not going to take any risk.”

In the last qualifying days of 2021, Argentina will visit Uruguay in Montevideo, while it will host Brazil on Tuesday at the Del Bicentenario stadium in the province of San Juan.

(Report by Ramiro Scandolo. Edited by Javier Leira)

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