Lionel Messi fitness update on Copa America quater-finals

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Argentina national team will have concerns over Lionel Messi fitness after he was not included against Peru. The Copa America campaign finally kick off for defending champions Lionel Messi and Argentina team. The Argentina team will look to defend their Copa America title in what can be last tournament for Lionel Messi. Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi have speculated multiple times that this tournament will be their last for the national team. This can also be the last tournament for their manager Lionel Scaloni who hinted to leave after this tournament. However it looks like the Argentina team is not affected by all these rumours and determined to defend their title. Argentina won their last Copa America as well in dramatic fashion after beating Brazil and Neymar in the final. The Argentina squad has become like a family since then and went on an unbeaten streak.

The Argentina winning streak was long enough to make them favourites for every tournament. However their biggest challenge as a team came in the Qatar World cup. They started their world cup campaign with 1-0 loss which was enough to put all fans in tension. However the confidence of Argentina and their squad was still high enough combined with their champion mentality. Messi who is often criticized for not being a good leader showed the world by his performances both off and on the field. Messi’s goal against Mexico was enough to ignite hope in the fans all over the world. The ultimate test of Messi and his squad came against Netherlands. The highly anticipated world cup quater final surely delivered for football fans all over the world. The clash was a emotional roller coaster ride which kept fans at their feet all the time throughout the match.

Argentina concerns over Lionel Messi fitness

Messi continued to show his class in the knockout stages of the World cup. The Argentina squad also accompanied him with same passion. Players like Julian Alvarez, Alexis Mac Allister, Enzo Fernandez, Angel Di Maria all stepped up throughout the tournament. We also had the oppurtunity to witness arguably the greatest world cup final in history. The world cup final which was deemed to be between the current best player and future best player. Argentina won that match to cement themselves as world champions. The match was filled with drama like Mbappe’s hat trick, Martinez’s antics. Argentina and their strong mentality in the penalty shoot out give them their third star on the jersey. Now during their current Copa America journey Messi is still taking time to get back to his best. Messi gave an incredible assist in the match against Canada.

Assistant coach Walter Samuel told reporters: “He was in the locker room, we noticed him better. The situation is improving but it’s a few days and the situation is premature to talk about. We’ll talk about it on a day-to-day basis with him, and talk to the doctors.” Messi has not scored a single goal in the group stages which is pretty unusual for his standards. Argentina and Scaloni will hope for Messi to get fit before their upcoming knockout stages. According to reports Messi has suffered a hamstring injury and is still feeling slight discomfort in his leg. Messi’s fellow teammate Angel Di Maria is confident about Messi’s fitness. He said: “Leo is fine, he’s recovering, we hope he will be ready for the next game. Today’s victory is for him.” We can only hope to see Messi on the field soon again.

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