Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has called Lionel Messi into his squad for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualifiers despite the Barcelona forward's hamstring injury.

Messi has not played since picking up the knock against Atletico Madrid earlier this month but has been named in a 23-man list by Sabella alongside fellow forwards Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.

Roma and Anderlecht midfielders Erik Lamela and Lucas Biglia were also named in a squad made up entirely of overseas-based players, with a handful those playing in Argentina expected to be added on Monday.

Argentina will play Colombia on 7 June and Ecuador four days later, before visiting Guatemala for a friendly international on 14 June.

Argentina squad
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria/Italy), Mariano Andujar (Catania/Italy)

Defenders: Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United/England), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon/Portugal), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica/Portugal), Federico Fernandez (Getafe/Spain), Hugo Campagnaro (Napoli/Italy), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City/England), Jose Basanta (Monterrey/Mexico)

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/Spain), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid/Spain), Ever Banega (Valencia/Spain), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo/Spain), Jose Sosa (Metalist Kharkiv/Ukraine), Lucas Biglia (Anderlecht/Belgium), Pablo Guinazu (Libertad/Paraguay), Walter Montillo (Santos/Brazil), Erik Lamela (Roma/Italy)

Forwards: Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid/Spain), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Spain), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan/Italy), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/England), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris St Germain/France)