Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni has provided an update on the well-being of star man Lionel Messi after the veteran attacker was subjected to a potentially career-altering challenge earlier this week.
Lautaro between goals
La Albiceleste returned to action Thursday night.
Scaloni’s men made the trip to Caracas, for a World Cup qualifying showdown with Venezuela.
Argentina certainly headed for a process brimming with confidence, and the nation’s latest outing, of course, saw them end a long wait for international glory, in the Copa América final 1-0 defeating Brazil. .
And, when all was said and done 48 hours ago, the good momentum enjoyed by the South American heavyweights only continued.
A dominant display finally saw goals from all Lautaro Martínez, Joaquín Correa and Ángel Correa guide the visitors to a comfortable 3-1 victory at the UCV Olympic Stadium.
However, a good night for Argentina was about to be spoiled by a moment of recklessness on the part of Venezuelan Adrián Martínez.
Just under the half-hour mark, Martinez’s terror defiance of Lionel Messi left the six-time Ballon d’Or winner in agony on the pitch.
Upon initial visualization, it appeared that the 34-year-old might have suffered a serious injury, but, after a round of treatment, he was thankfully able to continue:
Adrian Martínez with an entrance of terror about Lionel Messi, which fortunately is in a position to continue 😬
It is a direct red card for the Venezuelan after a VAR review 🟥 pic.twitter.com/LMOB0rbvZM
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However, before a decisive meeting with Brazil on Sunday night, Messi was seen as a possible doubt to participate.
However, tonight, the head of the national team has firmly put off those fears.
In a press conference before tomorrow’s showdown with Selecao, Lionel Scaloni focused on the well-being of Argentina’s star man.
And the 43-year-old went on explain:
Leo is fine. It was a scare, but luckily it’s okay. We will confirm your status 100% this afternoon when we do the field work.
The strategist continued:
“Whoever plays, Brazil is always an important rival. They are coming off an incredible positive streak. We will face this match with the greatest 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 with those who played against Venezuela. We’ll probably make some changes. ‘
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