The Argentina football team is set to play Jamaica in their upcoming international friendly to further their preparations for the crucial FIFA World Cup 2022, which will take place around the end of this year, following a convincing 3-0 victory over Honduras a few days ago. Kickoff for the Jamaica vs. Argentina game is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28 at 5:30 IST in Harrison, New Jersey's Red Bull Arena.
In order to make the greatest preparations for the FIFA World Cup in November, Argentina will try to put its finest players on the field. In light of that, let's examine if Lionel Messi will suit up for Argentina versus Jamaica or not.
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La presencia de Messi no está garantizada para este martes por la noche. Julián Álvarez podría ocupar su lugar en el amistoso. pic.twitter.com/f8femwFL9q
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Does Lionel Messi face Jamaica in a match?
Lionel Messi, Argentina's captain and icon, may be given a break for the friendly match against Jamaica after playing the entire 90 minutes against Honduras on Friday. Resting may not be the only solution, as the 35-year-old is not expected to participate in this game because of his ailment, according to sources. According to a report from TyC Sports, Julian Alvarez of Manchester City may start in lieu of the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner.
Given that he has served as Argentina's icon for well over a decade, Messi's importance to the team cannot be understated. In addition, he scored a brace and assisted in his team's 3-0 victory against Honduras to further demonstrate his value. Considering this, Argentina football team manager Lionel Scaloni may limit Messi's playing time to keep the 35-year-old in top form for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
Team news for Jamaica vs. Argentina
Predicted starting lineup for Jamaica: Demar Stewart, Jon Russell, Bobby-Cordova Reid, Ravel Morrison, Leon Bailey, Amari'i Bell, Adrian Mariappa, Jamal Lowe, Deshorn Brown, and Michail Antonio
Emiliano Martinez, Gonzalo Montiel, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico, Rodrigo De Paul, Enzo Fernandez, Giovani Lo Celso, Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez, and Angel Di Maria are projected to start for Argentina.