Lionel Scaloni confirms that Lionel Messi will play against Brazil

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi has been suffering from a knee injury
Lionel Messi has been suffering from a knee injury / Pool/GettyImages

Argentina national team head coach, Lionel Scaloni has confirmed that the country's icon and skipper, Lionel Messi will play rivals, Brazil in their FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifying clash on early Wednesday morning.

Messi's club, Paris Saint-Germain were not too pleased after their star player was called up for Argentina's World Cup qualifiers despite suffering from a knee injury with the French giants' sporting director, Leonardo calling for FIFA to take action against the Argentina FA.

The striker played only for 14 minutes after coming on as a substitute against Uruguay on Saturday, the 13th of November and now Scaloni is confident that they will have their talisman for the full game against their rivals.

"The other day he was good on a physical level, but we decided that in the end it would be best for him to play a few minutes and get a good feeling. For tomorrow [referring to the Brazil game], it's confirmed that he will play, so we hope he feels good," he said at a news conference.

The La Albiceleste go into this game, placed second in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier standings with 28 points from 12 games and while they are still not guaranteed of automatic qualification - many believe that they will confirm their qualification for the 2022 World Cup soon.