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Lionel Messi absent from Argentina training before World Cup final

Lionel Messi played no part in Argentina national team training on Thursday, according to widespread reports.

The Albicesleste, of course, are currently in the process of preparing for their biggest game in some time.

The clash in question is set to play out on Sunday, when Lionel Scaloni’s troops go head to head with France in the finale of the World Cup.

Argentina’s passage to the showpiece clash was secured on Tuesday, when a semi-final showdown with Croatia culminated in an altogether one-sided 3-0 final scoreline.

Their eventual triumph, though, evidently did not come without its complications.

As per a whole host of reliable sources on Thursday, talisman Lionel Messi emerged from proceedings at the Lusail Stadium concerned over a fitness issue.

Owing to a problem in his left hamstring, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, in turn, sat out training this afternoon.

Fans of the South American champions, however, need not fret.

This comes with confirmation having also been forthcoming that Messi’s problem is not a serious one, with the 35-year-old expected to be available to feature from the off against France as a result.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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