Messi, 35, was seen grabbing the back of his leg during his country’s semi-final win over Croatia, but was quick to stress that he felt “really good” after the match.
Subsequently, Messi did not participate in Argentina’s training the next day, however, his participation in the World cup The final is confirmed with today’s team news. Ángel Di María is fit for the masterpiece after his injury problems, while both Marcos Acuña and Gonzalo Montiel are available after their respective suspensions.
The The France camp has recovered from a virus sweeping the team with Giroud in form after a reported training injury on the eve of the game.
Raphael Varane and Ibrahima Konate were the last players to show signs of illness on Friday after Adrien Rabiot, Dayot Upamecano and Kingsley Coman sat out the win over Morocco. Aurelien Tchouameni and Theo Hernandez also missed Friday’s practice with bruised hips and knees, respectively.
Deschamps has his first-choice XI available as Rabiot and Upamecano start the final.
There were suggestions that Karim Benzema could make a sensational comeback to the French team for the final. The Ballon d’Or winner was ruled out of the entire World Cup with a torn thigh but is still registered to play, however reports this morning suggested he won’t be playing for France at all with Deschamps in charge.
Argentina XI: E. Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; DePaul, Fernandez, MacAllister; Say Maria, Messi, Alvarez.
France XI: Crying; Koundé, Varane, Upamecano, T. Hernández; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud. .