Lionel Messi withdraws from Argentina squad with injury

Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi has pulled out of the Argentina squad to face Morocco on Tuesday due to injury.

Messi started in their disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Venezuela on Friday, however he confirmed to national team medical staff that he was suffering from bilateral pubic pain after the game.

After discussions with the team doctor and manager Lionel Scaloni, it was agreed that he would return to Spain and miss their second friendly game of the international break.

Initial reports suggest that his withdrawal should not affect his participation in the title run in with Barcelona, and he should be fit to face local rivals Espanyol on March 30th.

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