Messi injured in Argentina return; likely to recover for Man Utd clash

Andy Edwards
NBC Sports

Lionel Messi made his first appearance for Argentina in 265 days on Friday, and that’ll be his final involvement during the current international break after he felt a pain in his groin following the 3-1 friendly defeat to Venezuela.

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Messi finished the game and played all 90 minutes. The injury was described as a flare-up of an existing problem.

The Barcelona superstar has since been ruled unavailable for Tuesday’s friendly against Morocco.

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With Barcelona set to face Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday, April 10, skipping any further involvement with Argentina will net Messi an extra seven days of rest before his club side returns to La Liga action next Saturday.

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