The Barcelona superstar was sidelined for his side’s opening game against Chile, as Argentina ran out 2-1 winners, but could return for the clash with Panama on June 10.
Lionel Messi will be ready for Copa America Centenario action with Argentina in four days, according to coach Gerardo Martino.
Speaking after his side’s 2-1 win over Chile in their tournament opener – a replay of last year’s final – Martino issued an update on Messi’s fitness, with the timeline for his return putting him in contention for Argentina’s clash with Panama on June 10.
The 14-time champions got the job done without Messi at Levi’s Stadium and Martino may yet be tempted to rest him again against Panama – who defeated Bolivia 2-1 in their opening fixture.
“The expectation is that in four days Messi is in a position to play,” Martino told reporters.
Meanwhile, the 53-year-old was full of praise for his team’s performance against Chile as goals from Angel Di Maria and Ever Banega earned Argentina all three points.
“I liked the 90 minutes we played. We deserved to win,” Martino said.
“We must continue to overcome any absences in our team. The team knew how to handle different aspects of the game and we were fair winners.”