Lionel Messi is yet to have a full recovery from a back injury sustained during Argentina’s 1-0 win over Honduras in San Juan, which led to his being limped off the pitch in pain and eventually substituted after suffering rib and back contusions.
Owing to this lack of full recovery from the injury, he will be starting off from the bench in Argentina’s opening Copa America Centenario fixture against Chile, the defending champions.
This may not be good for Argentina, as Lionel Messi is more or less the star man of the team. He was named among the substitutes for Monday’s blockbuster Group D clash in Santa Clara, a rematch of last year’s Copa America final, being that he was still nursing a back injury. It can’t exactly be said how long it will take him to recover from that injury, sustained in a friendly march on May 27.
Having the advantage of having in the team a man who scored 41 goals in all competitions as Barca won La Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Cup and Club World Cup in 2015-2016, Argentina can only hope to have Messi back for the remaining group fixtures against Panama and Bolivia as the 14-time Copa champions seek to end a 23-year wait for a major trophy.