Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella says he is reviewing his options in case star man Lionel Messi does not recover from injury in time to face Colombia in a 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualifier on 7 June.

"It will be a good opportunity," to assess other options, Sabella told reporters.

"Hopefully, we can count on Lionel, and if that is so then that's great. Otherwise, it is a chance to see how the team shapes up without him, even though we hope he will make it."

It is (could be) a chance to see how the team shapes up without him, even though we hope he will make it.

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella

Barcelona's Messi is set to be sidelined for three weeks with a right thigh muscle injury, the Catalan club revealed on Tuesday.

Argentina observers are keen to see to what degree the side can avoid succumbing to 'Messidependencia' as they look to host the Colombians and then travel to Ecuador four days later.

Argentina, seeking to land a third FIFA World Cup crown at Brazil 2014, top the South American standings - with their neighbours pre-qualified as hosts - on 24 points, four clear of Ecuador and five ahead of Colombia.