Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international football after the loss against Chile in Copa America final. But the request of fans and the need of his team forced him to recall his retirement. He was willing to work with the new Argentine coach Edgardo Bauza expecting positive results this time. The retirement was brief and a bit controversial. Maradona is of the opinion that it was just a drama to draw attention from the loss. But Maradona is not a man of his words and his opinions keeps changing. Argentina football team is about to play against Venezuela and Uruguay in the World Cup qualifier fixtures. Lionel Messi picked up injury ahead of world cup qualifier fixtures although he was named in the squad.
After the tense game against Athletic Club Bilbao on Sunday ended up 1-0, Messi is reported to pick up an injury. Reports suggest that Barcelona released a statement about Messi’s hamstring injury. But there was no detail about the intensity of the injury. He wasn’t involved in the first training session of Argentina and it looks as he will miss the fixtures. His involvement will be decided on how the injury develops. It is a big blow to Argentina Football Association as Aguero and Pastore are also injured. Higuain is also left out of the squad as he is currently overweight. But there is no official statement about Leo’s injury by the Argentina Football Association (AFA) yet.
This blow could be disappointing for Argentina fans as they have high hopes for the debut of their new coach. Paulo Dybala’s involvement in the squad gives some comfort to the fans. He has the potential to carry the attack. But it is too early to predict anything that is going to happen. Let us hope something positive!