Messi’s ‘El Clasico’ injury not serious, will keep training with Argentina in U.S.


Fans traveling to catch a glimpse of Lionel Messi in New Jersey and/or Maryland this international break can exhale and prepare to see their man.

Despite injury concerns stemming from a “knock” he picked up in Barcelona’s Sunday win over Real Madrid, Messi is doing just fine and will train with Argentina ahead of friendlies against El Salvador and Ecuador.

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Messi is part of a loaded roster for the friendlies that includes in-form Juventus striker Carlos Tevez.

From the Associated Press:

Tests showed he had not picked up an injury after taking a knock during the `Clasico’ victory over Real Madrid, Barcelona said Tuesday.

The Spanish club said in a statement that Messi went for a check-up in a private clinic in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, but that “no injury was found.” Messi has only sustained a bruise to his right foot and can continue to train.

La Albiceleste is 3-2 since losing the World Cup final to Germany, falling to Portugal and Brazil while beating Germany, Croatia and Hong Kong.

Messi and friends play El Salvador at FedEx Field in Landover on Saturday before facing Ecuador at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on March 31. The side will only play one more match, on June 6, before the 2015 Copa America in Chile.