Lionel Messi absent from Argentina training session before World Cup final

Lionel Messi was once again absent from Argentina’s training session on Thursday ahead of the World Cup final against France on Sunday.

It is understood that Messi has been operating at below 100% all winter – making his return of five goals and three assists even more impressive – but he had hearts in mouths during the semi-final win over Croatia when he was seen grasping at his hamstring.

Messi still played the full 90 minutes and, once again, was a dominant force, but he was not present for the team’s opening training session on Thursday.

As noted by Ole, the media were permitted to…


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