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Lionel Messi back for Argentina�s World Cup duel with Brazil

 The Hawk |  2016-10-22 13:33:23.0  0  Comments

Lionel Messi back for Argentina�s World Cup duel with Brazil

Lionel Messi was named in Argentina�s squad for their heavyweight World Cup clash against bitter rivals Brazil on Friday having missed the last three fixtures through injury. Messi had been sidelined from international duty with a thigh injury but buoyed by a midweek hat-trick for Barcelona in the Champions League against Manchester City, he returns to an Argentina team struggling in fifth spot in World Cup qualifying. Only the top four sides are guaranteed a place in the finals in Russia in 2018 with the fifth-place finishers facing a play-off. Without Messi, Argentina drew with Venezuela and Peru and lost 1-0 at home to Paraguay. They face Brazil in Belo Horizonte on November 10 before hosting Colombia in San Juan five days later. Argentina squad: Goalkeepers: Nahuel Guzm�n , Sergio Romero, Geronimo Rulli Defenders: Mart�n Demichelis, Mateo Musacchio, Nicol�s Otamendi, Ramiro Funes Mori , Gabriel Mercado, Facundo Roncaglia, Emanuel Mas, Pablo Zabaleta. Midfielders: Javier Mascherano , Guido Pizarro, Lucas Biglia , Ever Banega, Enzo P�rez, Nicol�s Gait�n, �ngel Di Maria, Julio Buffarini, Marcos Acu�a . Attackers: �ngel Correa , Lionel Messi , Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higua�n, Sergio Ag�ero, Lucas Pratto .

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