Lionel Messi will be at Lucille Stadium on Tuesday to lead Argentina in the 2022 FIFA World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia.
After two days of uncertainty, the Argentina captain appeared smiling at Doha University facilities to complete Argentina’s third training session in Qatar with his teammates.
Having been the protagonist, with purpose and help, in the only friendly against the United Arab Emirates (5-0), Messi has trained alone in the past two days.
At the first session, he didn’t even appear on the grass. In the second, he barely had a few minutes to complete some exercises away from the group.
According to the Argentine team’s medical staff, the coach, Lionel Scaloni, decided not to risk involving Messi in previous training, fearing that his big star would not be at full capacity.
Barely a week before the start of training camp with Argentina, Messi suffered an Achilles tendon inflammation that prevented him from lining up in Paris Saint-Germain’s penultimate Ligue 1 match against Lorient.
More than worrying about Messi, Scaloni preferred to focus on selecting a player who would cover the absence of Giovani Lo Celso, who missed the Qatari World Cup due to injury. All bets refer to Alexis McAllister, who already played the part in the friendly against the United Arab Emirates.
FIFA announced on Sunday the names of the opening judges of Group B, governing Argentina, Saudi Arabia’s Slavco Vinci, Mexico, Poland, and Australia’s Chris Beth.