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The Barcelona star was an unused substitute in his country's 2-0 victory over Italy in a friendly at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium on Friday night.

However, the Barcelona star has recovered and has participated in team workouts on Sunday and Monday in Real Madrid's training grounds in Valdebebas.

"Paulo and I talked about that, what he said is true, for Juventus he plays the same role I do", Messi told Fox Sports.

Argentine Football Association [AFA] chief Claudio Tapia said Messi should not play if there was any risk of further damage to his hamstring. The eve of the match against Italy he indicated that he was not in a state to play.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli spent last season at Sevilla before being called on to help Argentina seal their qualification for this summer in Brazil, while Leo Messi needs no introduction to Spanish fans.

"He was tested yesterday and tried again today".

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"The more I play, the better I feel", he said. "An important generation is passing and a lot of players are going to change".

"Leo, you have to listen to him, create situations that will be optimal for him and from there build a team in relation to that".

Spain boss Julen Lopetegui, unbeaten in the position since replacing Vicente del Bosque after Euro 2016, says whether Messi features or not will have little bearing on his team selection.

"Right now we're not among the contenders to win the World Cup".

Argentina's defence was hopelessly caught out for Spain's fifth when David De Gea's punt was controlled and finished by Aspas.

"I was left with the choice to play against Italy and didn't, but I trained normally, I felt good, so I hope to play". At Juventus he plays just like me, we look for the same spaces. Because this is it, we have to think that this could be the last for this group of players.





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