Lionel Messi returns to Argentina after the ban on friendlies in Brazil and Uruguay
BUENOS AIRES: Lionel messi was convened by Argentina on Thursday for friendly matches against Brazil and Uruguay next month, the country football Association announced on Twitter.
Messi has not played for Argentina since he was ejected against Chile in his victorious match for third place in the Copa América on July 7.
The striker was then handed a three-month suspension for comments he made after the game, in which he accused CONMEBOL, the governing body of South American football , of corruption.
Manchester City forward Sergio Agüero has been withdrawn from the market after missing the last four friendlies, while Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo remains in the team after his surprise retirement after the Copa América.
In the absence of Messi, Argentina played four friendly matches, drawing against Chile (0-0) and Germany (2-2) while beating Mexico 4-0 and Ecuador 6-1.
They face Brazil in Saudi Arabia on November 15 and then Uruguay in Israel on November 18. Messi's ban ends on November 3.
The five-time Golden Ball winner has suffered an injury season start after injuring his foot in August and then his thigh in September.
But his recovery has coincided with a return to the form of Barcelona, which has won its last seven consecutive games in all competitions.
Messi scored twice in a 5-1 victory over Real Valladolid on Tuesday.
Goalkeepers: Agustín Marchesín (Porto/POR), Juan Musso (Udinese/ITA), Emiliano Martínez (Arsenal/ENG), Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors)
Defenders : Juan Foyth (Tottenham/ENG), Renzo Saravia (Porto/POR), Nicolas Otamendi (Man City/ENG), German Pezzella (Fiorentina/ITA), Marcos Rojo (Man Utd/ENG), Walter Kannemann (Guild/BRA) , Nicolas Taglafico (Ajax/NED), Nehuen Perez (Famalicao/POR), Guido Rodriguez (America/MEX)
Midfielders : Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham/ENG), Leandro Paredes (PSG/FRA), Nicolas Dominguez (Velez), Rodrigo de Paul (Udinese/ITA), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Roberto Pereyra (Watford/ENG), Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla/ESP)
Forward : Lionel messi (Barcelona/ESP), Sergio Aguero (Man City/ENG), Nicolas Gonzalez (Stuttgart/GER), Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan/ITA), Paulo Dybala (Juventus/ITA)