Forward places up for grabs as Spain take on Argentina

We want Messi fit to face Spain – Vazquez

We want Messi fit to face Spain – Vazquez

Both Barca boss Ernesto Valverde and Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli face a testing few months in handling the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's condition, with Messi still in the hunt for some of the biggest trophies in world football. It's always special to play against him, " De Gea added.

Speaking ahead of Brazil's game against Germany, he said: "I think that Coutinho is a player who is on the same level as Ney, he has a massive influence on our game and in his teams".

"Against Ecuador I was a bit strong in my tone suggesting that football owed Messi a World Cup, however I knew he was going to appear for us at the vital moments". "We haven't been far off", Messi said in an interview with "Fox Sports" which was aired here Tuesday.

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Lionel Messi did not play, but was till the centre of attention at the Etihad.

The Albiceleste have suffered in major tournaments recently, however, including defeats in the final of the 2014 World Cup, plus the 2015 and 2016 Copa Americas.

He is the one player to watch out for in this game as Spain will have to be prepared to tackle the great man. "We speak to [Barca emissary] Pepe Costa every day but we haven't received a call from the club". If he is not right, he has the confidence to speak to the doctors and the necessary decision will be taken. "On the contrary, we must play together - and if he is in the form that he usually is, all the better". "I'm enjoying the playing time I have been getting and the opportunities to play - it's the best way to see the qualities a player has". That's what I have done throughout my career. I feel more sluggish.

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Sampaoli has outlined Messi's importance to Argentina - who are without knee-injury-victim Sergio Aguero - by revealing the side will be set up to get the best out of him.

Information from ESPN's Adriana Garcia was used in this report.

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