Lionel Messi named in Argentina squad
Lionel Messi has been named in a group of 18 overseas-based players in a squad for Argentina to face Paraguay in a Sept. 10 World Cup qualifier.
Barcelona striker Messi left the pitch in a Primera Division match against Atletico Madrid with pain in his left hamstring and, while it is not certain he will face Malaga this weekend, Argentina DT Alejandro Sabella is eager to assess him in Buenos Aires in two weeks' time.
On Friday upon his return to Buenos Aires from a scouting trip in Europe, Sabella said he hoped Messi's bruised hamstring would heal quickly.
"We're optimistic based on our reports that in one week he will be more or less better," Sabella said.
Argentina are already missing Javier Mascherano, Federico Fernandez, Diego Garay and Gonzalo Higuain through suspension.
Argentina squad to play Paraguay: Romero (Monaco), Andujar (Catania); Zabaleta (Man City), Campagnaro (Inter Milan), Coloccini (Newcastle), Rojo (Sporting), Basanta (Monterrey), Ansaldi (Zenit St Petersburg); Banega (Valencia), Biglia (Lazio), Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Di Maria (Real Madrid, Alvarez (Inter Milan), Lamela (Roma); Messi (Barcelona), Aguero (Man City), Lavezzi (Paris St Germain), Palacio (Inter Milan).
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.