Lionel Messi seems likely to return to international football in time for the Copa America, allaying fears he had represented Argentina for the last time.
The Barcelona star requested a break from the national team after their disappointing performance at the 2018 World Cup, but is expected to be restored to their squad before the competition kicks off in Brazil this summer.
Argentine Football Association President Claudio Tapia seemed to confirm Messi’s return with a post on the official AFA website last week. Tapia said: “Lionel Messi never left the national team.”
However, the Albiceleste were knocked out from the quadrennial competition by France in the round-of-16, leaving Messi and Argentina once again in limbo. He has since failed to feature for them in any game.
Nevertheless, Marca suggests that the Argentinian captain is set to return to international duty just ahead of the 2019 Copa America, to once again lead his side against some of America’s best.
The reports come in the wake of Messi meeting up with Argentina Football Association President Claudio Tapia in Madrid during the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final.
“Leo never left the national team so I have no doubt that he will return when he is called up,” said the AFA President regarding the situation.
The American continental competition will take place in Brazil in June next year and it is expected that Messi will not feature for his national side before that.