Messi ‘optimistic’ for Spain, but…

Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi says he is ‘optimistic’ about facing Spain on Tuesday, despite his lack of preparation

Messi missed Argentina’s 2-0 win against Italy on Friday with a hamstring strain, and the Albiceleste’s official Twitter account confirmed he skipped training the following day, doing ‘regenerative’ work instead.

However, the No 10 assured to TyC Sports: “I’ve been training normally and I haven’t felt an injury, but there’s still discomfort so we decided it was best if I let it clear for everything that’s coming up.

“I’m optimistic for Tuesday. I really want to play.”

The friendly is a 20:30 BST kick-off and will be played at Atletico Madrid’s home of Wanda Metropolitano – and you can follow it LIVE on Football Espana!

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