Messi joins Argentina training ahead of Italy clash

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Soccer Football - Argentina Training - City Football Academy, Manchester, Britain - March 20, 2018 Argentina's Lionel Messi during training.

LONDON – Lionel Messi joined up with his Argentina team-mates on Tuesday as they trained at Manchester City ahead of their World Cup warm-up against Italy.

Messi&39;s side are based at the Football Academy of Premier League leaders City while they prepare for the friendly at Eastlands on Friday.

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The Barcelona forward arrived to start working with the rest of the squad on Tuesday and was present at a training session open to media in the afternoon.

 

Also present but not participating was City striker Sergio Aguero, who has been sidelined with a knee injury recently.

Another City player, defender Nicolas Otamendi, was involved along with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano and Marcos Rojo.