Lionel Messi will miss Argentina’s friendly against Nigeria on Tuesday.
He will instead return to Barcelona.
The skipper played the full 90 minutes of Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Russia on Saturday, playing a role in Sergio Aguero’s late winner in Moscow.
Messi’s departure from the Argentina camp is not related to injury.
[SELECCIÓN MAYOR] Lionel Messi fue desafectado y no estará en Krasnodar ante Nigeria. Viaja tras la victoria ante Rusia rumbo a Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/MgR6OHlvGR
— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) November 11, 2017
Speaking to TyC Sports after the match, he called on his team-mates to continue working hard ahead of next year’s World Cup. He said: “It’s complicated, we always said that.
“The reality is that there is not much time and that’s why we have to make the most of it when we’re together.
“The second half was tough. They pushed up and went looking for us. We have to keep going to strengthen what we have been doing, reinforcing the system the coach wants.”