As the Argentina squad prepare for their friendlies in the USA against El Salvador and Ecuador this week, a knock Lionel Messi suffered whilst helping Barcelona beat Real Madrid in the Clasico over the weekend, raised fears the magical maestro might not be able to participate.
Clearly with so many fans looking forward to seeing Messi strut his stuff on American soil, there was a near state of panic created, which the Argentine Football Federation quickly stated via their official twitter account, wasn't warranted.
This official announcement by the AFA on Tuesday effectively stated:
"The Argentine national team informs that Lionel Messi underwent a series of tests at a private clinic in Washington, due to an injury in his right foot, suffered during the last game he participated in for Barcelona, against Real Madrid. Said tests didn't reveal any injury."
Also adding their weight behind the AFA statement that Messi is absolutely fine, the official FC Barcelona website confirmed: "The player will remain with Argentina to play in their upcoming friendly matches."
At the Argentine squad's training base at Georgetown University, Lionel Messi participated fully and didn't demonstrate any signs of discomfort, smiling and dazzling onlookers with his array of tricks in training, signing autographs for gathered fans afterwards.
Messi also took time to thank his legion of followers on Facebook later in the day, thanking them for their messages and assuring, he'll be absolutely 'fine' to play for Argentina.
Argentina are first in action at the FedEx Field in Washington this coming Saturday 28th March against El Salvador. Then on Tuesday 31st March at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, they'll take on Ecuador.