Lionel Messi will play for Argentina after they face Brazil on Tuesday in a World Cup qualifier lacking Neymar due to left thigh pains.
Messi, who has been bothered by a knee harm, will play in San Juan in a match that would earn the group a spot in subsequent yr’s World Cup, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni mentioned Monday.
Hours later, the Brazilian Soccer Confederation mentioned in an announcement that Neymar “reported being insecure” concerning the doable harm.
“As a result of there’s not sufficient time to carry out extra exams, the teaching workers determined to spare the participant, who won’t journey with the squad,” the assertion mentioned.
Neymar’s good friend and rival, Messi, performed solely quarter-hour in Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Uruguay on Friday. He additionally missed two Paris Saint-Germain matches due to the harm.
“A number of days in the past he was bodily match and on the finish we determined that the very best could be for him to play for a couple of minutes so he begins getting that good feeling,” Scaloni mentioned.
“For tomorrow (Tuesday), it’s confirmed that he’ll play. We hope he finds himself in a great place.”
The Argentines, second within the 10-team South American standings behind Brazil, can qualify with a victory. Brazil already has one of many 4 automated qualifying spots from the area.
Brazil has not received in Argentina since 2009.
Scaloni’s foremost concern is within the midfield. Leonardo Paredes is recovering from an harm and will as soon as once more get replaced by Guido Rodreguez.
Beside Neymar, Brazil shall be lacking the suspended Casemiro, who may very well be changed by Fabinho. Coach Tite additionally expects to check different gamers after beating Colombia 1-0, probably utilizing Matheus Cunha up entrance as an alternative of Gabriel Jesus.
In September, the qualifier between the groups was suspended after seven minutes as a result of Argentina broke COVID-19 protocols. FIFA nonetheless has not introduced what it would do with that match.
“I remorse that match didn’t happen,” Tite mentioned Monday, talking earlier than Neymar’s harm was introduced.
“(Tuesday) is a World Cup match for us, just like the Colombia match was. Every little thing else shall be secondary because of the greatness of this encounter.”
Tite mentioned he would proceed testing completely different gamers when World Cup qualifying resumes subsequent yr. (AP)