Argentina legend Lionel Messi was the subject of a horrific tackle in his side's 3-1 win over Venezuela on Thursday after Luis Martinez flew in cleats-first. While it could've been a career-altering injury, thankfully, Messi ultimately played the full 90 minutes after Martinez was sent off.
It appears that the PSG superstar has been given the green light for Sunday's massive clash with Brazil in World Cup qualifying and will feature:
Lionel Messi has been declared fit to face Brazil after the horror tackle he suffered in Argentina's last game 🇧🇷🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/EvQyLd6Avs
— GOAL (@goal) September 4, 2021
This is tremendous news for Lionel Scaloni's men, especially because they do have a legitimate shot at beating the Brazilians again after taking them down in the Copa America Final earlier this summer. Lionel Messi and Co. basically have a full-strength squad, but Tite is missing numerous key players from the Premier League, who weren't allowed to leave for international duty due to the UK's COVID-19 restrictions. That's left Brazil severely depleted, with Neymar and Vinicius Junior basically their only legitimate attackers.
As for Messi, he failed to find the back of the net in Thursday's victory despite having a couple of clear-cut opportunities. But, after a horrendous tackle like that, you'd have to believe he was slightly timid from that point on. Nonetheless, Lionel Messi will be in the starting XI on Sunday as Argentina aims to hand Brazil their first defeat of qualifying for Qatar 2022.