Shortly after the debut of Argentina in the World Cup Qatar 2022Leo Messi trained, for the second time in a row, outside of Lionel Scaloni’s group, although, initially, the presence of the Albiceleste captain in the duel against Saudi Arabia is not questioned.
Scaloni’s squad trained for the third time at the facilities of the University of Qatar, where the Argentine expedition has its place of operations in this tournament.
The albiceleste team incorporated the newcomers early in the morning, Ángel Correa and Thiago Almada, who were part of the session.
Twenty-three players initially jumped onto the pitch of the venue. Lisandro Martínez and Ezequiel Palacios stayed inside the facilities. Also Leo Messi, who burst onto the pitch minutes later, when the rest of the squad had already been doing the exercises set by Scaloni for minutes.
Messi entered the field and moved to another side accompanied by Daniel Martínez, doctor of the Argentine team. He initiated the work of him, specific. Nothing to do with what was done by the rest. Stretching and jogging work, especially in the fifteen minutes that the training was open.
Messi already missed Friday’s session. Along with six other footballers, he did special recovery work in the gym.
The Argentine star also continued on the sidelines this Saturday, for the second day in a row. The Albiceleste expedition does not clarify the situation of the PSG player, who has been suffering from a slight overload since the preparation match against the United Arab Emirates.
However, the sensations are not negative in the environment of the Argentine team, which does not contemplate the possibility that the captain is not ready for the debut on Monday against Saudi Arabia. It is a precautionary measure and extreme care of the great star of Argentina.
The rest of the players, with the exception of Lisandro Martínez and Exequiel Palacios, completed the preparatory session for the Argentina team, which has arrived in Doha with physical shocks that have led to two changes in its initial squad and several doubts about the situation of some other players.
WHAT SAUDI ARABIA SAYS ABOUT ITS FIRST RIVAL IN THE WORLD CUP
The Saudi defender Ali Al Bulayhi affirmed this Sunday that his team is aware that Argentina is much more than a simple player, alluding to Lionel Messi, ahead of his debut duel in the 2022 World Cup, on Tuesday in Lusail.
“We are playing against a whole team, not against one player, and God willing we will show what is required of us,” Al Bulayhi told reporters at the start of Saudi Arabia’s training at Sealine Beach Resort. , 57 kilometers south of Doha.
“We are eleven against eleven,” he recalled. “We are prepared for the three games, not only for the ones in Argentina,” he said of their next duels against Poland and Mexico, the other members of group C.
Al Bulayhi was asked by AFP about what the ‘Green Hawks’ players will feel on Tuesday when they face Messi, seven times Ballon d’Or winner and possibly before his last World Cup.
“I repeat, we are playing against the Argentine team, not against a player. And we will be eleven against eleven, ”he insisted.
For his part, the defender Muhammad Al Burayk also trusted that Saudi Arabia can show its “best level”, with the support of its fans, which will be especially numerous in Qatar due to its geographical proximity.
“The atmosphere is enthusiastic. There are some players who have already experienced a World Cup, but for others it is the first time, that is a great motivation ”, he pointed out.
“Our fans love football. God willing, we can achieve what they dream of. I hope to have your support at all times. In all matches, whatever the circumstances, throughout the 90 minutes.”