Lionel Messi returns for Argentina but Neymar to miss Superclasico through injury


Lionel Messi has shaken off his injury concerns and is fit for Tuesday’s crunch tie between Argentina and Brazil, but Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar has been ruled out with a thigh injury.

Messi missed PSG’s last two games with a knee problem and was not fully fit the 45 minutes he managed against Lille before that, but to the club’s dismay, he travelled with Argentina and managed 14 minutes off the bench against Uruguay on Saturday.

“He was physically fit the other day and in the end we decided that the best thing was for him to play a few minutes so that he could get a feel for it and he is confirmed to play tomorrow,” said Argentina chief Lionel Scaloni ahead of the game (via ESPN).

“It’s going to be a very difficult game. They are the team that leads the qualifiers and they are already through to the finals.”

Brazil sit six points clear at the top of their World Cup qualification group and they’ll be looking to extend that when they face Argentina, but they’ll have to do so without Neymar after the winger complained of pain in his left thigh.

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