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Argentina have ‘no doubts’ Lionel Messi will return

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The Barcelona captain is on a break from international duty

France v Argentina: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

The president of the Argentina Football Association, Claudio Tapia, is confident Lionel Messi will return to international action.

The Barcelona captain missed September’s friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia and is not expected to play again this year.

Tapia says he needs time away from the national team but does expect him to play for his country again.

“I have no doubts that he will return to play [with the national team],” he said.

“We have to let him be and give him the time he needs. We have to continue the way we are.

”I’m completely calm, knowing that he, more than anyone, loves the national team jersey. I don’t put a time to his return. We have to let things flow and it will happen when it has to happen. We cannot be hasty.”

Source | ESPN

Argentina are due to play friendlies against Brazil and Iraq in October, but Messi will not be involved in those games.

Interim coach Lionel Scaloni has said he’s talked to Messi and they’ve decided he will not be called up, according to TyC Sports.