Lionel Messi’s triumphant Argentina comeback was tempered by a groin injury that has forced his withdrawal from tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier in Venezuela.
Messi, who had gone back on his decision to quit the team following their Copa America final defeat in June, scored the only goal in a 1-0 home win over Uruguay on Thursday that sent Argentina to the top of the South American group.
However, the Argentina captain will not travel with the team to Merida where they face Venezuela in another round of regional qualifiers, coach Edgardo Bauza said on Friday.
Bauza says: “He won’t be able to play, he has inflammation and still feels pain, we can’t take risks.”
Messi adds: “My groin is hurting a lot, from before this match.
“I always want to be [in the team]… but there are also a lot of important matches coming up [for club and country].”