Lionel Messi was subjected to individual exercises once more on Tuesday as he continues his recovery from the back injury that ruled him out of Argentina’s 2-1 Copa America win over Chile.
The Barcelona star sustained the problem during his country’s friendly against Honduras on May 28 and has since been working towards a comeback.
He was forced to sit out Monday’s Group D opener, but national team coach Gerardo Martino was optimistic after the match that Messi will be fit in time for their second game against Panama on Friday.
The 28-year-old still has work to do, though, as he was unable to participate in squad training on Tuesday.
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Meanwhile, Lucas Biglia was also forced to sit out Tuesday’s training as he joined Messi for an individual session.
The Lazio midfielder is recovering from a hamstring injury and also missed the win over Chile.