'We are well within our rights to call Lionel Messi up' - Argentina coach responds to PSG criticism

Arjun Singh Devgan
Argentina are scheduled to play two 2022 World Cup qualifiers soon
Argentina are scheduled to play two 2022 World Cup qualifiers soon / Gustavo Pagano/GettyImages

Argentina head coach, Lionel Scaloni has hit back at Paris Saint-Germain and opened up on his reason for calling up the country's talisman, Lionel Messi to the squad for the upcoming FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers - despite the striker currently suffering from a injury.

Messi picked up an injury in his left knee during PSG's clash against Lille on October 29, which led him to miss their games against RB Leipzig and Bordeaux. Despite his fitness concerns, the 34-year-old was called up for Argentina's squad for their qualifiers.

This did not go down well with PSG's sporting director, Leonardo, who claimed that it did not make sense for them to call up an injured player, while even going to ask FIFA to take action against the Argentina FA.

Relating to the matter, Scaloni discussed Leonardo's comments during Argentina's press conference ahead of their match against Uruguay.

"We have a good relationship with Leonardo-Walter Samuel knows him. It's understandable due to the three fixtures in September and then again in October. There were many matches and journeys, and what they are saying is understandable," he said in a press conference.

"But we are well within our rights to call him up and play him if he is physically able [to play]."

The La Albiceleste are scheduled to face Uruguay on Friday, 12 November post which they take on rivals, Brazil on Tuesday, 16 November.