An ankle issue could keep Lionel Messi out of Argentina's meeting with Paraguay, but Lionel Messi has been declared fit for Argentina's 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru by Lionel Scaloni.
, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner, started Barcelona's 5-2 victory over Real Betis on Saturday among the substitutes at half-time and scored two goals.
Barca assistant coach Alfred Schreuder said it was becauseMessi
was "not fresh".
trained with us normally. He has been experiencing discomfort in his ankle but it does not prevent him from playing, so for us he is fit and available,"Scaloni
told on Wednesday.
"The truth is that we have had quite a few problems. We still do not have every player. [Lucas] Martinez Quarta just arrived and we will see if he can train with the group this afternoon, and the rest of those who trained differently for various reasons, we hope today to see how they are so we can define the team for tomorrow."
Angel Di Maria returned toArgentina
lineup for the first time since last year andScaloni
told the reason for the absence of the Paris Saint-Germain striker for the first round of qualifiers in October.
"We had Nicolas Gonzalez and [Giovani] Lo Celso, who got injured after being called up. I would have been in favour of calling up Di Maria, but with everything that was happening it did not seem fair and respectful when he would only have arrived for the second game," saidScaloni
"This time, Nico Gonzalez had very few minutes, Lo Celso had not got a rhythm and we thought we were not going to make the mistake of not bringing him in again."