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Confusion ensues as Lionel Messi is called up by Argentina despite being injured

Despite missing Inter Miami’s last four games due to injury, Lionel Messi has been included in the latest Argentina squad.

The world champions are set to resume World Cup qualifying matches against Paraguay and Peru, and manager Lionel Scaloni appears optimistic about Messi’s availability.

Scaloni has introduced several unexpected additions to the squad, including Messi’s teammate at Miami, Facundo Farias, Southampton’s Carlos Alcaraz, and Milan’s Marco Pellegrino.

MLS and Inter Miami supporters, deprived of watching Messi in recent matches, are unlikely to welcome this decision. Messi has been absent from five of Miami’s last six games, including their recent 4-1 loss to Chicago Fire.

The team has faced difficulties in Messi’s absence, managing only one victory out of the five games he missed, and the defeat to Chicago Fire has significantly diminished their playoff prospects.

While Inter Miami manager Gerard Martino has refrained from specifying a return date for Messi, he did mention that the forward is nearing a comeback after the team’s loss to Chicago Fire.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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