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Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Argentina's friendly against Morocco on Tuesday

His return to the worldwide side was welcomed by Argentina's coach ahead of the game.

However, his first port of call is his return to the global set-up for Argentina's upcoming fixtures against Venezuela and Morocco.

Messi showed flashes of brilliance but it was not his night as Venezuela put three past their more illustrious rivals for the first time with goals from Salomon Rondon, Jhon Murillo and Josef Martinez.

The Barcelona forward announced that he was taking a step back from the national team after their 4-3 defeat by France in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup.

The signs are certainly worrying before the start of the Copa America this summer, where Argentina last tasted victory in 1993, since losing four finals, including where Messi has missed in a shootout.

Since the disappointing World Cup exit Messi has missed Argentina's subsequent friendly games under new a manager Lionel Scaloni who was appointed after the tournament in Russian Federation.

Messi should be fine for Barcelona's clash with Manchester United
Messi should be fine for Barcelona's clash with Manchester United

Lautaro Martinez scored Argentina's only goal of the game as he finished off a wonderful counter attack.

"In the first half we created chances but they scored twice when we made mistakes", said Lautaro Martinez.

Messi, 31, completed the game but to make matters worse he suffered a recurrence of a groin injury which, while not deemed too serious, means he will definitely miss Tuesday's friendly against Morocco in Tangier.

The 34-year-old has scored 85 goals in 154 global games and could also play in Portugal's game in Serbia on 25 March.

It is expected Messi will be fit to play in Barcelona's next game against Espanyol on March 30.

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