Argentina could be without a couple of key figures for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela with the news that Sergio Agüero has not travelled due to injury and Lionel Messi is undergoing tests in Barcelona after complaining of discomfort in his thigh following Barcelona’s victory over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
At this stage Messi’s delay is just precautionary given that the LaLiga match in which the five-time Ballon d’Or winner completed 90 minutes was only one day ago and so Argentina are still hopeful that the returning captain will still be available.
One of Edgardo Bauza’s first acts as Argentina coach was to persuade Messi out of international retirement and so it would come as a blow if injury were to rule the 29-year-old out.
Agüero’s absence is more definite after the Manchester City striker didn’t travel with his teammates Pablo Zabaleta and Nicolás Otamendi on Sunday.
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