Pre-Brazil Lionel Messi fitness update after horror challenge vs Venezuela
Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni has provided an update on the wellbeing of star man Lionel Messi, after the veteran attacker was subjected to a potentially career-altering challenge earlier this week.
Lautaro amongst the goals
The Albiceleste were back in action on Thursday night.
Scaloni’s men made the trip to Caracas, for a World Cup qualifying showdown with Venezuela.
Argentina no doubt headed into proceedings brimming with confidence, with the nation’s last outing having of course seen them bring an end to a lengthy wait for international glory, in a 1-0 Copa America finale downing of Brazil.
And, when all was said and done 48 hours ago, the fine spell of form being enjoyed by the South American heavyweights only continued.
A dominant display ultimately saw strikes from all of Lautaro Martinez, Joaquin Correa and Angel Correa guide the visitors to a comfortable 3-1 win at the Estadio Olímpico de la UCV.
‘He is fine’
An otherwise fine night for Argentina, however, was so nearly spoiled by a moment of recklessness on the part of Venezuela’s Adrian Martinez.
Just shy of the half-hour mark, Martinez’s horror challenge on Lionel Messi left the 6-time Ballon d’Or winner in agony on the turf.
Upon initial viewing, it appeared as though the 34-year-old may have sustained a serious injury, but, following a round of treatment, he was thankfully in a fit state to continue:
Adrian Martínez with a horror tackle on Lionel Messi, who is thankfully fit to continue 😬
It’s a straight red card for the Venezuelan after a VAR review 🟥 pic.twitter.com/LMOB0rbvZM
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) September 3, 2021
Nevertheless, ahead of a crunch meeting with Brazil on Sunday night, Messi was viewed as a potential doubt to participate.
Such fears, however, have this evening been put firmly to bed by his national team boss.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Selecao showdown, Lionel Scaloni was drawn on the wellbeing of Argentina’s star man.
And the 43-year-old went on to explain:
‘Leo is fine. It was a scare, but luckily he is fine. We will confirm his condition 100 per cent this afternoon, when we do field work.’
The tactician continued:
‘Whoever plays, Brazil is always an important rival. They’re coming off an incredible positive streak. We’ll face this game with the utmost commitment that it demands of us.’
‘I have an idea of how the team will line up, but we still haven’t been able to do a training session with those who played against Venezuela. We will probably make some changes.’
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