Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Culture | By Wayne Carr

Lionel Messi to Miss Argentina Friendly vs. Spain with Hamstring Injury

Lionel Messi to Miss Argentina Friendly vs. Spain with Hamstring Injury

Argentina take on Spain on Tuesday night in an worldwide friendly, where Messi could make his return to the starting XI after missing his country's latest game against Italy.

The FC Barcelona striker will probably only play half of the game as a precaution after struggling with a groin injury which saw him sit out Argentina's 2-0 win at home against Italy.

'It was tough because we weren't able to lift it [the World Cup trophy],' he told Fox Sports Argentina.

That is the view of Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli, who made that remark in his book My Heartbeats: Ideas Regarding the Culture of Play, which will be released next week.

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"You can't teach him anything".

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea has been among those to criticise the ball set to be used at the finals in Russian Federation, but his coach knows the players will have to quickly get used to it if they are to perform at their best and advance from a group containing Portugal, Morocco and Iran.

Sampaoli insisted he was not gambling over his captain's fitness by fielding Messi against Spain.

"You have to find the best players and put them in their best position", he said. But he has trained the last two days. It's always special to play against him, " De Gea added.

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Spain drew 1-1 with Germany in Dusseldorf on Friday, extending their unbeaten record under Julen Lopetegui to 17 matches. On the right we can cut inside and we have the whole pitch in front of us.

Argentina count on players such as Atletico's Angel Correa, while Ever Banega is at Sevilla and Gonzalo Higuain spent several seasons with Real Madrid.

National teams are using the Adidas Telstar 18 for the first time during the current round of internationals and the lack of grip and excessive movement through the air has been criticised.

At Juventus he plays just like me, we look for the same spaces.

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