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Messi to return in Spain friendly

27 March 2018, 05:47 | Ruben Stone

We want Messi fit to face Spain – Vazquez

We want Messi fit to face Spain – Vazquez

Having missed out on selection for Argentina's most recent global selection, behind Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, Dybala has work to do if he is to force his way into his national side for this summer's World Cup.

"It's not correct to say that Paulo is out of the World Cup", the Albiceleste boss said in his pre-Spain Press conference.

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi says it's "now or never" for him and his Albiceleste teammates at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.

The country last lifted the trophy in 1986 when Diego Maradona was named player of the tournament.

Sampaoli insisted he was not gambling over his captain's fitness by fielding Messi against Spain.

"Leo has to play like he does for his club, to put him into another structure is madness", added Sampaoli, who had suggested that football owes Messi a World Cup after the superstar scored a hat-trick to help them clinch the must-win qualifier against Ecuador last October.

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"He trained yesterday and today and if he stays as he is there'll be no worries about him playing".

And despite training with Argentina he is going to be given time off to recover with the World Cup coming up this summer.

Spain drew 1-1 with Germany in their previous friendly outing.

"We've just played the world champions (Germany) and now face the runners-up who have an incredible player, who collectively have improved with the arrival of Sampaoli". Moving from the right, when we cut inside, the whole pitch is in front of us.

But Spain and Argentina fans hoping for a glimpse of him will be disappointed at the match in Madrid tonight. I always see him at a high level of compromise with the national team and its wishes.

Lionel Messi is reportedly ruled out of Argentina's friendly with Spain after failing to overcome an injury to his hamstring and adductor.



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