Lionel Messi will play for Argentina in this summer’s Copa America in Brazil, according to national team boss Lionel Sclaoni.
The Barcelona captain returned to international duty against Venezuela on Friday, making his first appearance for his country since the World Cup.
Messi has been ruled out of Argentina’s friendly against Morocco on Tuesday, but his manager says he is expecting him to play in the summer tournament.
“Leo will be in Copa America. 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.”
Messi has finished as a runner-up in the Copa America three times in his career with Argentina, but Scaloni will be hoping he can lead the team to a first win in the competition since 1993.