Argentina superstar Lionel Messi handed coach Diego Maradona a 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ scare on Friday when he injured his right knee in a training match.
Barcelona star Messi immediately left the practice session, but the seriousness of the injury was played down by officials. "Messi is fine. It was only a knock and nothing else," said team official Nicolas Otamendi.
Messi is fine. It was only a knock and nothing else.
Argentina were training ahead of a pre-FIFA World Cup friendly match against Canada taking place on Monday before flying to South Africa for the finals next Friday.
Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes) and Sergio Agüero (Atletico Madrid) both joined up with the squad on Friday.
But Walter Samuel and Diego Milito (Inter Milan) and Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich) were missing as they are taking part in the UEFA Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday.