Lionel Messi included in Argentina squad despite suffering from injury

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi has been included in Argentina squad for upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers
Lionel Messi has been included in Argentina squad for upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers / Buda Mendes/GettyImages

Record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner, Lionel Messi has been called up by Argentina head coach, Lionel Scaloni for the La Albiceleste squad two upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Brazil despite having struggled with a knee injury in recent weeks.

Messi missed Paris Saint-Germain's 2-2 draw with RB Leipzig in the Champions League due to injury, but that has not deterred Scaloni from including the 34-year-old in his squad for the World Cup qualifiers scheduled for November 12 and 16.

While the striker might be struggling for PSG in the Ligue 1 at the moment, he has been extremely prolific for his country in 2021, scoring nine goals in 14 appearances so far - also leading them to their first Copa America title since 1993.

Argentina are currently placed second in the CONMBEOL table with 25 points from 11 games, and two more wins would put it on the brink of qualifying for next year's World Cup in Qatar.

Argentina Squad

Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa), Juan Musso (Atalanta), Federico Gómes Gerth (Tigre, Argentina).

Defenders: Nahuel Molina (Udinese), Gonzalo Montiel, Marcos Acuña (Sevilla), Cristian Romero (Tottenham), Germán Pezzella (Betis), Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica), Lucas Martínez Quarta (Fiorentina), Nicolás Tagliafico, Lisandro Martínez (Ajax), Gastón Ávila (Rosario Central).

Midfielders: Guido Rodríguez (Betis), Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain), Enzo Fernández, Santiago Simón (River Plate), Rodrigo De Paul (Atlético Madrid), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), Nicolás Domínguez (Bologna), Cristian Medina (Boca Juniors), Matías Soulé (Juventus).

Forwards: Ángel Di María, Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), Ángel Correa (Atlético Madrid), Lautaro Martínez, Joaquín Correa (Inter Milan), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Julián Álvarez (River Plate), Nicolás González (Fiorentina), Thiago Almada (Vélez Sarsfield), Exequiel Zeballos (Boca Juniors).