Messi fitness update: Argentina star misses training again ahead of World Cup opener

All eyes are on Lionel Messi in the opening days of Argentina’s preparations in Qataras the Paris Saint-Germain forward turned up for the World Cup with a niggle in his Achilles tendon.

It has caused him to miss club game time before traveling to the Middle East, and the 35-year-old is struggling to train with his team-mates.

Messi is training alone for the second consecutive day

In Argentina’s latest session at Qatar University on Saturday, Messi was unable to join the group and could only manage light individual work. The former Barcelona star was also absent from training on Friday.

According to the Argentine Football Federation, Messi’s achilles tendon problem will not prevent him from playing in the Albiceleste’s World Cup opener Tuesday against Saudi Arabia. Indeed, the Federation says that his absence of training is primarily a case of cargo management.

However, any sort of fitness concern about Messi is significant. He was unable to play for PSG against Lorient on November 6, and nobody wants him to struggle with fitness issues at a tournament as important as the World Cup.

Messi, who was accompanied at all times by Argentine doctors, did not appear to be in pain. The expressions on the medical staff’s faces did not indicate that they were too worried. The goal is for PSG to feel as comfortable as possible during what will be its fifth World Cup.

He enters the tournament in superlative form. The veteran has scored 10 goals in his last four appearances for Argentina and his early season performances for PSG have been reminiscent of the player he was at Barça.

Martinez, Palacios also train individually

In addition to Messi, Lisandro Martinez and Exequiel Palacios are also being trained away from the squad. The pair are also not considered serious problems.

Ángel Correa and Thiago Almada have completed their first World Cup training sessions, having been called up to the Argentina squad to replace injury victims Joaquín Correa and Nico González.

Argentina also face Mexico and Poland in the group stage

Argentina have been drawn in Group C with Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia. After facing the Saudis, Lionel Scaloni’s men take on the Mexicans on November 26 and the Poles on November 30.

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