National coach confirmed Argentina Football, Lionel Scaloni, that captain Lionel Messi He was asked to change him in the second half of the match against Ecuador, noting that he would undergo tests today, Friday, to find out if he was suffering from an injury.
Scaloni said in a press conference after Argentina’s victory over Ecuador With a clean goal at the start of the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup on Thursday evening: “He asked me to switch. If this had not happened, I certainly would not have changed him. We will see the nature of his condition.”
And when asked about the possibility of Messi participating or not in a match Bolivia Next Tuesday in the second round of qualifiers, Scaloni said: “He will undergo tests tomorrow (Friday), and if they are good, he will play against Bolivia, and if they are not, we will see what we will do.”
The Argentine national team, the world champion in the Qatar World Cup 2022, began its campaign in the qualifiers by scoring three points against Ecuador thanks to Messi’s goal, which is the beating heart of the Argentine national team. Undoubtedly, his possible absence from facing Bolivia raises coach Scaloni’s terror, and today the world champions are scheduled to resume training. Preparing for Bolivia.
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On the other hand, the captain of the Argentine national football team, Lionel Messi, confirmed that although he and his teammates continued to enjoy the 2022 World Cup title in Qatar, he considered it “something that has passed,” and now it is time to “look forward.”
With this goal, Messi equalized with the Uruguayan Luis Suarez The historical top scorer in the qualifiers, with 29 goals each.
On this matter, Messi said: “It is an honor to share this record with everything that the qualifiers mean to us,” indicating that Suarez is his friend and former colleague in Barcelona, who was not summoned by the Uruguayan coach, Marcelo Bielsa, to participate in this round of the qualifiers.
On the other hand, Messi stressed that the national team “will not relax” after winning the World Cup, and stressed, “Our goal is to continue in this way and compete with any opponent.”