Lionel Messi to play for Argentina against Brazil in World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday
Lionel Messi will play against Brazil on Tuesday, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has confirmed.
Questions were raised when the Albiceleste captain was called up due to knee injury issues as Messi missed two games for Paris Saint-Germain.
However, he was deemed fit enough to leave the bench in the previous clash between Argentina and Uruguay.
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Speaking at his press conference on Monday, Scaloni confirmed that Messi will play, putting to bed any speculation that he may have had problems upon his return from injury.
The PSG star was originally scheduled to be replaced at half-time in PSG’s October game against Lille and underwent knee treatment in Madrid, with teammate Leandro Paredes joining him in the Spanish capital.
Paredes also appears to be recovering well from his injury, with Scaloni adding: “Leandro has trained normally. We have to assess whether we will include him in the final squad. He arrived after several days off, but the important thing is that he is doing well.
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After a largely irrelevant 1-0 win over Uruguay last time around, Scaloni will be hopeful that Messi will be back at his best after only managing a 15-minute appearance in that game.
Argentina sit second behind Brazil in the World Cup qualifying table, so a victory over the Selecao would narrow the gap between the two South American powers to just three points.
Brazil have already qualified for Qatar 2022 following their 1-0 victory over Colombia.