Messi ruled out of friendly against Germany

The Associated PressSeptember 1, 2014
Messi ruled out of friendly against Germany
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, fights for the ball with Villarreal's Grabiel Paulista from Brazil during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Madrigal stadium in Villarreal, Spain, on Sunday, Aug 31, 2014.(AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Wednesday's international friendly against World Cup winners Germany with a right-leg injury.

The Argentine Football Association said Monday that Messi will be held out of the game as a ''precaution.''

The match in Dusseldorf is a chance for Argentina to avenge a 1-0 loss to Germany in extra time in the World Cup final almost two months ago.

Barcelona said Messi was injured on Sunday in a 1-0 victory over Villarreal.

Messi scored four goals at the World Cup and was given the award as the tournament's best player.

AFA also ruled out three other players with injuries: defender Ezequiel Garay, midfielder Maxi Rodriguez and forward Rodrigo Palacio.

New Argentine coach Gerardo Martino has called up two players as replacements: midfielder Nicolas Gaitan and forward Erik Lamela.