Scaloni: ‘Messi is fine and when he’s with us he’s even better’

The Argentine coach, Lionel Scaloni, said on Tuesday that Lionel Messi “is fine” at Barcelona and that when he is with the Albiceleste “he is even better”, but he regretted the injuries of several of the usual starters for the next two days of the qualifiers for Qatar 2022.

Scaloni arrived in Buenos Aires on Tuesday to prepare for the meetings with Uruguay and Brazil, on March 26 and 30.

“It will be a difficult double date, as they all are. There are some players who are not in the best conditions, but we still have time to wait and give the final list, “said Scaloni at a press conference from the airport.

“Messi is fine and when he is with us he is even better. Hopefully everything continues in this way, “he added when asked by the level of the Barcelona forward.

The coach regretted the physical discomforts that afflict Giovani Lo Celso, Lucas Ocampos, Marcos Acuña and Nicolás González.

“Hopefully they can play a game to arrive in better conditions or otherwise we will look for other options,” he warned.

In addition, he said that next week he will decide whether to summon striker Sergio Agüero, who returned to play after an injury.

“I spoke to him a month ago. We know how difficult it is to come back from injury, hopefully I can pick up the pace. We will decide next week but we know that it will not reach 100%, “he said.

In addition, he said that “it will be difficult” for Paulo Dybala to be summoned because “he has been out for a long time.”

“I spoke four days ago, they cannot find the solution to their pain in the lateral ligament and I hope that with the treatment that they are going to do, they can find the best way,” he said.

After the four-day dispute, Argentina is second with 10 points, behind Brazil (which has 12) and ahead of Ecuador (9), Paraguay (6), Uruguay (6), Chile (4), Colombia (4) , Venezuela (3), Peru (1) and Bolivia (1).

La Albiceleste will host Uruguay on March 26 and visit Brazil four days later.