Lionel Messi insists he is ‘feel really good’ and only trained 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 the opening match of the World Cup in Argentina
- Tomorrow morning, his team will face Saudi Arabia in their first game in Group D
- The attacker trained alone after an ankle problem
- He participated in team practice again today, but photos showed an inflamed problem
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Lionel Messi has emphasized that he feels “really good” ahead of Argentina’s World Cup opening match against Saudi Arabia tomorrow.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner hopes to complete his incredible record by winning the tournament, but is training alone due to an ankle problem as a precaution.
The striker’s right ankle was swollen during training, but Messi himself has insisted he is fine and ready to play tomorrow.
Lionel Messi has declared himself fit for tomorrow’s opening match of the World Cup in Argentina
Training photos showed that Messi’s right ankle was swollen 24 hours before the match
“I feel really good physically,” he said. “I think I’m at a great time, both personally and physically. I have no problems’.
Messi rejoined the rest of the team for training today, according to Diario AS, but his ankle looked far from healthy just a day before his side’s opening game.
The striker missed games for club side PSG in the run-up to the tournament with an Achilles tendon problem, but his inflamed ankle suggests he may be dealing with a new problem.
Messi is training alone after he suffered ankle problems in the run-up to the match
It is unclear whether the striker was wearing protective padding under his socks when he returned to team practice today
He was reportedly flung out of the room as he left his pre-game press conference
It’s thought the problem could be exaggerated because the 35-year-old has no ligament in his ankle. It may also be because Messi is wearing extra protection, with the attacker in socks and boots in the photo.
According to The athleticMessi was applauded by journalists at his pre-match conference, with shouts of ‘vamos Leo’ coming from the audience.
Argentina, one of the favorites to win the tournament, will also meet Mexico and Poland in Group D.