Lionel Messi will not be playing for Argentina in the international friendly with Spain on Tuesday evening.

Last week, the Barcelona star was forced to miss his nation’s 2-0 victory over Italy, but Messi had suggested that he was on course to feature against Spain in Madrid.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli had also said that Messi would be taking no risk in making an appearance in what is regarded as a major warm-up clash ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

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However, the 30-year-old experienced discomfort in training on Tuesday morning, and Messi would prefer to remain on the sidelines during the international friendly with Spain to rest his hamstring and adductor, Goal reports.

The Argentine forward has played a total of 43 matches for club and country this season, and Argentina have earlier expressed concern that Messi had been playing too much football at Camp Nou.