Lionel Messi injury: Absence from Argentina squad is a precaution

Lionel Messi suffered a groin injury while on international duty with Argentina

It was not a game to remember for Messi as Argentina lost 3-1 to Venezuela on a night where he picked up an injury.

Messi missed six matches during a self-imposed post-World Cup exile from the national team before making his comeback at the Wanda Metropolitano, but goals from Salomon Rondon and Jhon Murillo saw Argentina trailing 2-0 at half-time.

Argentina's road to a comeback took another twist after Venezuela received a penalty for a foul by Machis with 15 minutes remaining, leaving Martinez to restore their two-goal advantage from 12-yards out.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Angel Di Maria has been removed from Argentina's squad for the friendlies against Venezuela and Morocco because of a quadriceps injury, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) has announced. Better that they happened that way.

"The second half left us with positive things and the first half with negative ones".




"We learned a lot from this loss".

Since the disappointing World Cup exit Messi has missed Argentina's subsequent friendly games under new a manager Lionel Scaloni who was appointed after the tournament in Russian Federation.

Messi is due to start Friday's friendly for Argentina against Venezuela in Madrid, with Ronaldo in the squad for Portugal's opening Euro 2020 qualifier at home against the Ukraine in Lisbon. During the second half we saw more teamwork from him.

"Cristiano adds quality to any team", said Cancelo.

Much of the talk since Friday's defeat has focused on the continuation of Messi's global woes, as he has yet to enjoy the success with Argentina that has adorned his club career. "Everything has been politicized and I am the coach for the whole country".

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