Lionel Messi insists he ‘feels very good’ and only trained on his own as a precaution – despite his ankle looking SWOLLEN as Argentina prepare to kick-off their World Cup against Saudi Arabia
- Lionel Messi has declared himself fit for Argentina’s opening World Cup game
- His side will face Saudi Arabi in their first Group D match tomorrow morning
- The forward has been training alone after struggling with an ankle problem
- He rejoined team training today but pictures showed an inflamed issue
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Lionel Messi has insisted he feels ‘very good’ ahead of Argentina’s World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia tomorrow.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is hoping to complete his incredible list of accomplishments by winning the tournament, but he has been training alone as a precaution after struggling with an ankle issue.
The forward’s right ankle was pictured swollen in training, but Messi himself has insisted he is fine and ready to play tomorrow.
Lionel Messi has declared himself fit for Argentina’s opening World Cup game tomorrow
Training pictures showed Messi’s right ankle massively swollen 24 hours before the game
‘I feel very good physically’, he said. ‘I think I’m arriving at a great moment, both personally and physically. I don’t have any problems’.
According to Diario AS, Messi rejoined the rest of the team for training today, but his ankle looked far from healthy just a day out from his side’s opening game.
The forward missed games for club side PSG in the build-up to the tournament with an achilles issue, but his enflamed ankle suggests he could be struggling with a fresh problem.
Messi has been training alone after struggling with ankle issues in the build-up to the game
It’s unclear whether the forward was wearing protective padding under his socks as he rejoined team training today
He was reportedly clapped out of the room as he left his pre-match press conference
It is thought the problem could be being exaggerated due to the 35-year-old not having a ligament in his ankle. It could also be due to Messi having extra protection on, with the picture showing the forward in socks and boots.
According to The Athletic, Messi was applauded out of his pre-match conference by journalists, with shouts of ‘vamos Leo’ heard from the crowd.
Argentina, who are one of the favourites to win the tournament, will also face Mexico and Poland in Group D.
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