Is Lionel Messi Set to Feature in Argentina vs. Peru Match? Vital for South American 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualification

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Is Lionel Messi Set to Feature in Argentina vs. Peru Match? Vital for South American 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualification

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While Lionel Messi played against Paraguay and practiced with the squad on Sunday, his participation in the South American 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match against Peru remains uncertain. His recent struggles with muscular pains cast doubt on his readiness for the upcoming game, despite his appearance in the last match.

In another part of South America, Neymar is facing criticism for his underwhelming performance in a 1-1 draw against Venezuela, which led to fans throwing popcorn at him. He faces a tough challenge in the upcoming match against Uruguay to prove he’s back in form.

The 2026 World Cup will see an expansion to a 48-team format, with direct entry for the top six South American teams. The seventh-place team will compete in an intercontinental playoff for a spot. Currently, Argentina leads the qualifying table with 9 points, followed by Brazil (7), Colombia (5), and others.

As for Messi, his practice session on Sunday didn’t definitively confirm his availability against Peru. His ongoing right leg muscular pains have sidelined him for several MLS matches with Inter Miami. If he plays, Coach Lionel Scaloni may have to make lineup adjustments. Peru, on the other hand, is coming off two consecutive losses in qualifying.

In the Uruguay vs. Brazil match, Neymar is under scrutiny following the disappointing draw with Venezuela. Brazil fans expressed their frustration, and Neymar left the pitch amid popcorn-throwing. Brazil’s new coach, Fernando Diniz, is expected to make lineup changes. Brazil’s top goal scorer is set to face Uruguay, a team they haven’t lost to in World Cup qualifying since 2001.

Captain Federico Valverde of Uruguay is optimistic about the match, having recently drawn with Colombia. The match has been the subject of discussions between Valverde and Brazilian Real Madrid teammates Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.

In summary, uncertainties surround Messi’s participation, Neymar’s form is under scrutiny, and the South American qualifiers continue with several intriguing matchups.

Reference

https://www.outlookindia.com/sports/will-lionel-messi-play-argentina-vs-peru-game-star-striker-sorely-needed-for-south-american-2026-fifa-world-cup-qualifying-news-324777

https://thefinancialexpress.com.bd/sports/football/fifa-world-cup-2026-qualifiers-argentina-secures-victory-while-brazil-settles-for-a-draw

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