Messi fit for Argentina's World Cup qualifiers despite ankle issue - Scaloni
Barca assistant coach Alfred Schreuder said the decision was made because Messi was "not fresh", butScaloni put any lingering concerns over his fitness to bed.
"Leo 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 a news conference on Wednesday.
"We'll see if anything changes tomorrow, but in principle he's ready to play.
"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.
"Without a doubt, it was a very unusual selection – the most difficult we have had. It's typical of what we are experiencing with the number of games being played and the rush there is. We hope to have them all."
Angel Di Maria returned to the Argentina set-up for the first time since last year's Copa America and Scaloni explained the reason for the absence of the Paris Saint-Germain attacker for the opening 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," said Scaloni.
"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.
Source : goal.com
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