World Cup qualifying: Injury keeps Messi out of Argentina's squad

The Barcelona superstar was initially named in coach Alejandro Sabella’s preliminary squad for the final two games of qualification.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi. Pic/Getty Images

However, with their progression already confirmed, the 26-year-old attacker has been released from the squad to recover from his thigh injury.

The Argentine Football Association (AFA) confirmed on their website that Messi, along with Javier Mascherano and Gonzalo Higuain, will not have to meet up with the national team.

Mascherano suffered a hamstring injury at the end of September and has missed Barcelona’s last three matches.  Meanwhile, Higuain is nursing a calf injury.

Argentina face Peru on October 11 before travelling to Montevideo four days later to take on Uruguay. 

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