Lionel Messi trained with Argentina on Tuesday morning during a practice closed to the media in Buenos Aires.
The 29-year-old underwent tests at Barca’s training ground on Monday after he ended Sunday’s 1-0 La Liga win against Athletic Bilbao in discomfort.
Messi, 29, called it quits on his national team after missing a penalty in the shootout defeat to Chile in this summer’s Copa America Centenario final; the third consecutive loss for Argentina in a major final.
Lionel Messi has been named in Argentina’s squad for their World Cup qualifiers hours after reversing his decision to retire from international football.
Argentine’s football team Twitter handle has confirmed with this photo and tweet
The Barcelona playmaker announced he loves Argentina “too much” to walk away from the national team, having announced his international career was over following their penalty shootout loss to Chile in the Copa América final in June.
Messi, Argentina’s captain and record goalscorer with 55, said in a statement by an Argentinian newspaper,
“I see there are many problems in Argentinian football and I don’t intend to create another one. I don’t want to cause any damage, I’ve always tried to do just the opposite, to help all that I can. We need to fix many things in Argentinian football, but I prefer to do this from inside and not criticise from outside.”
Messi said he was quitting international football after missing a penalty in the Copa América final shoot-out in New Jersey. That would have left Messi – one of the most decorated players in history at club level with Barcelona – having never won a major trophy with Argentina.