Star players plagued by injuries

WALKING WOUNDED: It is doubtful if Messi, who was injured last month, will be playing for Argentina against Chile tomorrow.


    Jun 06, 2016

    Star players plagued by injuries


    THE Copa America Centenario is facing a mounting injury crisis involving its biggest stars after James Rodriguez joined Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez amongst the ranks of the walking wounded.

    Argentina captain Messi is the biggest name hampered by injury, with the Barcelona superstar struggling to shake off a back problem sustained during a friendly win over Honduras last month.

    Messi is regarded as doubtful for Argentina's opening Group D game against Chile at the Levi's Stadium tomorrow.

    Messi's Barcelona teammate Suarez is also in doubt for Uruguay's opener against Mexico today, still troubled by a hamstring problem sustained during Barcelona's Copa del Rey final victory.

    Real Madrid star Rodriguez is the latest to suffer an injury scare, having been substituted in the second half of Colombia's 2-0 win over the United States in Santa Clara on Friday.

    As well as Messi, Rodriguez and Suarez, the Copa America - which is being held in the US to mark the tournament's 100th anniversary - Costa Rica's Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has also been ruled out through injury.

    Brazil have also been afflicted by injuries and absentees.

    Striker Neymar pulled out of the tournament in order to play in the Olympics, while five members of Dunga's squad have been forced to withdraw because of injury, including Kaka and Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa.

    Other players ruled out through injury include Ricardo Oliveira Santos, goalkeeper Ederson and Barcelona midfielder Rafinha.