BUENOS AIRES - Diego Maradona will not include Lionel Messi in his team for Argentina's friendly against Russia after the Barcelona ace pulled a leg muscle in training, Argentine media reported on Tuesday. "We're not going to risk Messi for a single minute," angry coach Maradona was quoted as telling Argentine reporters head of Wednesday's friendly in Moscow, adding "I'm a wizard... I knew this match shouldn't have been organised." Maradona said last week he was worried injuries could deprive him of key players for Argentina's World Cup qualifier at home to Brazil on September 5. Inter Milan's Diego Milito was the likely replacement in the team for Messi, who flew to Moscow from Barcelona's pre-season tour of England and North America accompanied by the Spanish club's physio.
12 August 2009
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