With Inter Miami eliminated before the MLS playoffs, Lionel Messi has been experiencing an unprecedented situation in his career: he has not played for 25 days in the middle of the season. In this scenario, the star will have to lead Argentina in important duels against Uruguay and Brazil, in the South American qualifiers – but it is not a cause for concern, at least for coach Lionel Scaloni.
– Messi is fine, he’s doing well. In addition to having played one match in the last 25 days, he has been training normally. He is fit and well, the coach said in a press conference this Wednesday.
After winning the Leagues Cup title with Inter Miami in August, Messi played in just six MLS regular season matches, in which the team had a poor campaign and ended up being eliminated without advancing to the playoffs. Thus, the 36-year-old star played his last game on October 21, days after playing with Argentina against Paraguay and Peru.
Despite not confirming the lineup, Scaloni stated that he will maintain the base of the team that has been playing in the qualifiers, indicating that Messi will play normally in the clashes against Uruguay, this Thursday, and against Brazil, on Tuesday, at Maracanã. . When commenting on the difficulty of the clashes, the coach showed confidence.
– This team has already shown that it is capable of playing against any rival. Then you can win or not. We will rise to the occasion, we are ready to compete. Then there are rivals that are called great, very historic – he commented.
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