Five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi is widely expected to end an eight-month exile and be called back into the Argentina squad ahead of the country’s last get-together before the Copa America.
But the 31-year-old Barcelona star is suffering from a hamstring strain and even if he agrees to return, he may not be fit to play in friendlies later this month against Venezuela and Morocco.
Interim coach Lionel Scaloni is due to name his squad for the friendlies on Thursday.
Messi hasn’t pulled on the light blue and white national team jersey since Argentina were dumped out of the World Cup in June by eventual winners France.
He’s also refused to comment on his international future in the last eight months.
“I hope, want and believe Leo will come back to the national team,” said Scaloni last year.
Messi has missed six friendlies since the World Cup in Russia but most experts believe he will be a part of the squad that travels to Brazil for the Copa America later this year.
Whilst he’s built up an almost unprecedented collection of trophies at his club, Messi is running out of time to taste major international success with Argentina.
He was on the losing side in major finals three years running from 2014-16 — first to Germany in the World Cup in Brazil, then twice to Chile on penalties in the Copa America, including the one-off Centenary edition of the competition.