While he seems to be fine and well, Argentina has announced that they have decided to let Lionel Messi sit out the upcoming friendly against Ecuador on Tuesday, due to the star forward’s “mysterious” injury.
The development was made public by team coach Gerardo Martino on Monday. According to Martino, while there is yet to be a final decision on whether or not to get Messi on field, the team found i8t unnecessary to risk his condition during a friendly game.
“We will see if he can play or not. He is not ruled out. But there is no need to take risks with Leo, or with anyone. It would be unforgivable, having the reports, not to be prudent,” Martino said during the fre-game press conference.
The Argentinean coach further added that Messi complains of pains in his feet whenever he puts on his boots. ‘The third training day he was unable to wear the right boot,’ he relayed to reporters. ‘We all understand that the fans had hoped to see him play, but he was really unable.’
The development has caused concerns back in Barcelona over their prized player’s condition. Messi did not show any sign of injury during the Barca’s recent outings in the La Liga and the Champions League, where he managed to provide outstanding performances. Medical tests done by the team’s doctors have also revealed immediate signs of injury.
Messi is said to have acquired the still-unknown injury during Barcelona’s 2-0 Clasico victory over Real Madrid a month back. While initially unnoticeable, the condition is said to have worsened during his first few days in training with the Argentinean national team last week.
This would be the second friendly match the star will miss due to the injury, having also not played during Argentina’s match against El Salvador last Saturday, where his team won 2-0. However, Messi is expected to be back in action with his Catalonian squad on Sunday for their La Liga match against Celta Vigo.