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Edgardo Bauza: “Lionel Messi is “worried” about his groin injury”

Argentina head coach Edgardo Bauza has revealed that Lionel Messi is “worried” about his groin injury.

“Messi is worried about his injury. He wants to play games and it’s difficult to be without him. We never toyed with the option of having him in this squad. We have to be careful together. Barcelona’s medical staff know perfectly what he has to do, I simply say that he has to look after himself,” Bauza told TyC Sports.

“He’s now in the recovery process, which is good news. I think he’ll be at a good level when he returns. I still say we should all take care of Messi. Here in Argentina, he played only one game in three months. We don’t have the best attacking player there is, so you have to put other options in to find that cutting edge. Argentina can find it because we have very good players.

“The idea is that Gonzalo Higuain, if he is fit, will play as the number nine and Sergio Aguero will play behind him. [Paulo] Dybala could play instead of Messi on the right. Dybala can play Messi’s role, given his position and numbers. Paulo is a player who can break the balance of the game,” he added.