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Messi injured for Morocco clash

Messi to miss Morocco clash after picking up injury in Venezuela defeat

March 23, 2019 By Ali M.
The Argentine will return to Barcelona after being ruled out of Argentina's upcoming friendly.

Any hope of seeing Lionel Messi make amends for his awful return to Argentina has gone down the drain. This is because the 31-year-old has been ruled out with injury for their upcoming game.

On Friday, La Pulga donned the national team jersey for the first time since taking a sabbatical following their embarrassing 2018 World Cup campaign. However, things did not go according to plan for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

La Albiceleste took on Venezuela but fell to a humiliating 3-1 loss. Next up for Lionel Scaloni's side is a friendly against Morocco, but Messi will play no part in that tie after it was confirmed he picked up a groin injury. As confirmed by Barcelona, a problem with his pubis means he will return early.

The Catalan giant's all-time leading scorer will now head back to Spain where he will undergo further tests. The Sun even suggests that he faces a race to be fit for the Champions League trip to Man United.

While Leo has featured for Barcelona, for the most part, this season, he has had fitness issues this campaign. This will be a blow, albeit a not-so-surprising one, to Argentina's preparations for the upcoming Copa America tournament.

While no timeline has been given for his recovery, Ernesto Valverde will be keen on having the Blaugrana captain back as soon as possible once the international break is over. The Camp Nou side will host Espanyol and Atletico in La Liga, with a trip to Villarreal separating those two ties, before their highly-anticipated Old Trafford visit.


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Morocco 0 - 1 Argentina

March 26, 2019 3:00pmGrand Stade de Tanger (Tanger)

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