Messi rested for Scotland, France friendlies

Fans of Scotland and France will not get the chance to see Lionel Messi in upcoming friendlies against Argentina after Barcelona succeeded in their bid to have the forward rested for the two matches.

Messi had been expected to be the star attraction for Scotland's meeting with Argentina at Hampden on 19 November.

But his club believe the player will be in need of rest after starting his season early to represent his country in the Olympics.

"After our negotiations with Barcelona, we have come to the conclusion we must take care of Messi," a spokesman for the Argentinian FA said.

"So that means he is excused for the friendly matches against Scotland in November and France in February. It is common sense."

Otherwise, Argentina plan to be at full strength for the friendlies.