Lionel Messi will play in Copa America for Argentina – Lionel Scaloni

Barcelona star Lionel Messi will play in this summer’s Copa America tournament, the Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni has confirmed.

Messi returned to the national setup for the first time since last summer’s World Cup during the recent 3-1 defeat to Venezuela, before pulling out of the squad with an injury.

“Leo will be in Copa America,” Scaloni told reporters, as cited by Reuters.

“It is evident he will be. He showed maximum will here and we see he is very driven. When the match against Venezuela finished, we talked about the match, not about what is to come. We will work to get a better team.

“Too much dependence on Messi? We have to work for that not to happen, for every player not to be always drawn to Leo, he will help us win matches, that's for sure.”

Argentina lost consecutive Copa America finals to Chile in both 2015 and 2016.

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