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No rest for Lionel Messi at the Copa America

The captain will play against Bolivia

Argentina Training Session Photo by Gustavo Pagano/Getty Images

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni confirmed at his news conference on Sunday that Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero will both start Monday’s final group game at the Copa America.

La Albiceleste have already secured their place in the next round which had led to suggestions that Messi could be rested against Bolivia.

However, Scaloni has named his team which will include both Messi and his new Barcelona teammate Aguero.

Scaloni has made six changes and has rested all the players, including Emiliano Martinez, Leandro Paredes, Joaquin Correa and Lautaro Martinez, who were a booking away from a suspension.

Messi had looked exhausted towards the end of the win over the Paraguay, although it’s worth noting the team has had a week to rest since the game.

Argentina are already guaranteed a top-two finish in Group A. If they top the group they’ll play Ecuador next but a second-place spot will mean a tie against Colombia.

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