Lionel Messi, Barcelona forward and Argentina captain, is set to miss Argentina’s friendly against current world champions, Germany on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, due to a groin strain.
According to a statement on Barcelona’s website, the striker will not also partake in the club’s match for peace which comes up later in the day in Rome.
“Leo Messi will remain in Barcelona as a precaution due to a strain in his right adductor. Barcelona’s number 10 will miss the match for peace in Rome this evening and will also not be able to participate in the match between Germany and Argentina,” the statement read.
The fixture, which is a rematch of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final in Brazil, offers Argentina a chance for revenge for their 1-0 extra-time loss to Germany.