May 17, 2022 4:26 am

The national team, without Messi: Argentina’s squad list to play against Chile and Colombia in the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers

The return of the South American Qualifiers finds the Argentine national team in a much more comfortable position than in previous cycles, with the team’s place Lionel Scaloni in Qatar 2022 already insured with 4 games remaining to be played, which resulted in an immediate consequence: the absence of Lionel Messi, his greatest figure, for the matches against Chile Y Colombia.

The news was confirmed this Wednesday, when it was known the list of summoned by Lionel Scaloni for the matches on Thursday, January 27 (in Calama) and Tuesday, February 1 (in Córdoba). Without having played a minute for his club so far this year, Messi’s foul was seen coming: From all parties they agreed that the best thing was for him to stay in Paris, adding training sessions to recover his physical tone in the face of the immediate challenges that Paris Saint-Germain will face.

is the first time Messi will miss a national team match since November 2018, during the stage in which Scaloni decided to try new names to carry out a renovation on the campus. That night Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 in Mendoza, and trained with Gerónimo Rulli; Renzo Saravia, Walter Kannemann, Ramiro Funes Mori and Marcos Acuña; Roberto Pereyra, Santiago Ascacíbar and Maximiliano Meza; Erik Lamela, Mauro Icardi and Rodrigo de Paul.

Messi in action, in the match between Argentina and Brazil for the qualifiers in San Juan, last NovemberMarcelo Aguilar – THE NATION

In March 2019, prior to the Copa América in Brazil, Messi’s return to the national team was completed. In Madrid, the team lost 3-1 to Venezuela and on the 10th he recovered the captain’s belt. Since then, he has not missed any call. Along this path, the team went undefeated in 27 games (after the defeat against Brazil in the 2019 Copa América), won the 2021 Copa América and easily qualified for the World Cup.

The Argentine team will face Chile on January 27 at 9:15 p.m. at the Zorros del Desierto Stadium, in the city of Calama, and then will host Colombia at the Mario Alberto Kempes Stadium in Córdoba on February 1, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Now, Messi will go through the strange sensation of being a spectator of the national team on TV, in the early hours of Paris, while his teammates face Chile and Colombia.

Just this Tuesday, the Argentine returned to training with his PSG teammates, after slowly recovering from his Covid-19 infection. Messi was infected at the end of the year in Rosario and delayed his return to Paris for the first exercises of the year in the team led by Mauricio Pochettino. The captain of the Argentine national team missed three games in that period: the 4-0 win against Vannes for the French Cup; the 1-1 draw against Lyon and the 2-0 win against Brest, both for the French league. This Sunday his reappearance is expected, in what will be his first game of 2022: PSG will face Reims in the Parc des Princes.

Actually Messi he lost a total of 10 games this season from Ligue 1, between injuries, late returns from the national team and due to covid-19, and he only appeared in 11 games with Paris SG since he arrived at the Parisian club last August.

“It took me longer than I thought to be well but I’m almost recovered and I am really looking forward to getting back on the field. I have been training these days to put myself at 100%, very nice challenges are coming this year and hopefully very soon we can see each other again, ”the Argentine wrote on his Instagram account last Thursday, when he returned to the training center to exercise alone.

Reference-www.lanacion.com.ar

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