Report: Messi to miss opening match against Chile

Report: Messi to miss opening match against Chile

Copa America 2016

Report: Messi to miss opening match against Chile

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Argentina take on reigning Copa America champions Chile in their group opener on Monday night, but they will be doing so without their best player.

Lionel Messi will reportedly miss out on Argentina’s group stage opener against Chile, which is set to be played at Levi’s Stadium. Messi, who recently flew back to Spain to deal with an ongoing tax fraud trial, has been nursing a back injury he suffered in a pre-tournament friendly against Honduras.

Messi becomes just the latest superstar to miss time at the Copa America. His club teammate, Luis Suarez, missed out on Sunday’s clash with Mexico due to injury, while the third or Barcelona’s attacking trio, Neymar, is sitting out the tournament altogether ahead of the Olympics for Brazil.

Messi and Argentina are joined in Group D by Chile, Panama and Bolivia.

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