Lionel Messi had suspicions of an ankle injury, with which he played in the 1-1 draw with Paraguay on Thursday.
However, Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni was happy that Messi didn’t come down with any additional injuries after the match. The Barcelona striker will be fit to play in the World Cup qualifiers with Peru on Tuesday.
“On a performance level, Leo played a good game,” he told a news conference.
“We were unlucky that they didn’t validate the goal because it had been a great play.”
Scaloni added: “I saw him well and he has no problem, that’s the important thing.”
“I want to emphasise the retirement of Javier Mascherano and his new life that begins from now on. I send him a big hug,” Scaloni said.
“He was an emblem of Argentine football and I wish him to do his best and that whatever he decides to do now, he does it with the same passion with which he used to play.”
“We pay attention to the strength of the rivals and logically it is a challenge to try to counteract the strengths of the teams that we face,” he said.
“Argentina not only has Messi, but they have many good players in all their lines and we will have to play a great game to neutralise them.”
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