Messi To Make Argentina Return In March Following Post-World Cup Break

Lionel Messi is set to make his return to Argentina duty in March following his post-World Cup break.

The Barcelona  superstar, 31, will play friendlies against Venezuela and Morocco as his nation prepares for the Copa America.

Messi took a break from international duty after last summer’s tournament, where Argentina lost 4-3 to eventual champions France in the last-16.

The Albiceleste first take on South American rivals Venezuela on March 22.

If Messi plays in that game it will end his 214-day absence from his national side.

Argentina play Morocco four days later on March 26, with the Copa America kicking-off on June 14.

Last month, Argentine Football Association president Claudio Tapia revealed Messi “never left”.

Tapia claimed: “Lionel Messi never left the national team.”

He continued: “I believe that the love which has for the shirt is so great that when he will be called, he’ll be there. I have no doubt about it.

“I know that it depends on Lionel Scaloni, it doesn’t depend on him.”

Messi took a break from international duty after Argentina’s disappointing World Cup showing.

The Barca forward was captain of his country last summer, where they barely made it through the group.

Argentina were battered by Croatia, scraped a draw against Iceland and edged past Nigeria – before losing the thriller to France.

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