Messi's back pain eases after injury scare
LIONEL Messi's condition had improved on Saturday after the Barcelona superstar suffered a back injury in Argentina's 1-0 friendly victory over Honduras, reports citing team medical officials said.
Team doctor Daniel Martinez told La Nacion newspaper that Messi felt less pain in his lower back a day after being left writhing in agony after a heavy collision with a Honduran opponent in the far western city of San Juan.
Messi sustained the injury in an accidental collision with Honduras player Oliver Morazan, giving Argentina an injury scare to their star player as they prepare for the Copa America Centenario in the United States next month.
Messi was substituted immediately following the incident and was taken to a hospital for examination on Friday.
The five-time FIFA World Player of the Year was due to begin his journey back to Spain later on Saturday in order to attend what is expected to be a two-day hearing next week in relation to allegations of tax fraud.
The rest of the Argentina squad were due to fly later Saturday directly to the California city of Santa Clara, where they will be based before their opening Copa America game against Chile on June 6.
Messi is expected to join the squad in California in time for the first match of the tournament.