Argentina has called up Lionel Messi for its upcoming South American World Cup qualifiers despite him being on the injured list at his club Inter Miami.
Messi missed Inter’s 4-1 defeat to Chicago on Wednesday as he continues to struggle with his fitness — he has played just 37 minutes for the club since September 3.
The 36-year-old has missed Inter’s last three games and five of their last six.
Argentina hosts Paraguay on October 12 and then travels to play Peru five days later in CONMEBOL qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.
Messi’s Miami team-mate, 21-year-old winger Facundo Farias, has been called up to the national team squad for the first time.