Leo Messi‘s 3-month international ban will expire this week and Barca captain is able to feature for Argentina again. This Thursday, Albiceleste head coach Lionel Scaloni included Messi in the Argentina squad for the upcoming friendlies in November.
Messi is now expected to take part in the matches against Brazil on November 15 in Saudi Arabia and against Uruguay on November 19 in Israel.
As a reminder, the Argentine has been suspended for three months and had to pay a $50,000 fine. This means that the Albiseleste captain missed three friendlies: against Chile, Mexico and Germany. The suspension expires on November 3.
In case you forgot, Messi claimed after the 2-0 Copa America semi-finals defeat to Brazil that the whole tournament is ‘set up’ for the Selecao to win it. Eventually, Messi was sensationally sent off in the third-place playoff against Chile while Brazil scooped the trophy.
Messi’s expulsion was labelled as an unfair and unjustified decision. It was simply a heated collision with Chile’s Gary Medel, renowned for his provocations. The players battled with their chests a bit. Both Argentina and Chile players insist the whole incident deserved only a yellow card for each of the players.