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Javier Pastore missing Argentina games to ensure long-term fitness

Javier Pastore said he had been playing with a calf injury throughout the summer for Argentina.

Javier Pastore hopes sitting out the upcoming Argentina friendlies will make him healthier and able to go the distance for Paris Saint-Germain's entire season.

Pastore is optimistic he will return soon to Ligue 1 action and said that while missing Argentina's September friendlies will be hard, being healthy for the whole season and for 2018 World Cup qualifying is even more important.

The 26-year-old midfielder said he had been playing all summer through a calf injury from last season, and that...

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Argentina return to action for the first time since losing the Copa America final when they take on Bolivia in an international friendly in Houston on Friday.

The Albiceleste fell 4-1 on penalties after a goalless draw against hosts Chile in July to finish runners-up of the South American competition.

Twelve months earlier, Argentina lost the World Cup final against Germany 1-0 after extra time.

``I want to avenge what happened at the Copa immediately,'' Manchester United's Argentinian defender Marcos...

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Angel Correa can't wait to pass ball with Lionel Messi for Argentina

Angel Correa has been Argentina's key playmaker at the South American Under-20 Championships.
Atletico Madrid striker Angel Correa is enjoying his first senior team call-up for Argentina.

Atletico Madrid's young striker Angel Correa says he can't wait to evade defenders along with his Argentina teammate Lionel Messi because "he is the best in the world."

Correa is enjoying his first senior team call-up for Argentina for a pair of friendlies in Texas and admitted he was in awe of the Barcelona star.

"We were playing together during training," Correa told TyC Sports. "I hope I can trick a lot of defenders by passing the ball to Messi because he is the best in the world."

Correa, 20,...

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Lionel Messi always a target for Argentina, says Pablo Zabaleta

Lionel Messi edged out Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo to be named the UEFA Best Player in Europe for the 2014-15 season.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes share their thoughts on Lionel Messi winning the UEFA Best Player in Europe award over Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez.
The ESPN FC team discuss Lionel Messi's role at Barcelona and speculate as to whether or not he is being overworked by the Spanish side.

Lionel Messi is always going to be criticised when Argentina lose, says Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta.

Four-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi said last month that he has no plans to let harsh media criticism from back home in Argentina affect him following the tough Copa America final loss to Chile over the summer.

The Barcelona star is training with the team in Houston in preparation for two friendlies in the United States. Argentina play Bolivia on Friday in Houston and meet Mexico four...

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Javier Pastore: Argentina's Copa America final loss was hard to take

Pastore and Argentina reached the Copa final, only to suffer an unexpected defeat.

Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore has told ESPN FC Argentina radio 107.9 it was "awful" to lose the Copa America final, adding that nobody expected his side to be beaten by Chile.

The favourites lost 4-1 on penalties after a goalless draw, and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Pastore also revealed that he had played through the effects of an injury to try and help his team.