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Messi allays illness fears

Lionel Messi

Bucharest: Lionel Messi played down fears of illness after vomiting on the pitch as Argentina played out a goalless draw with Romania on Wednesday.

The Barcelona superstar threw up just nine minutes into the contest in Bucharest but insisted afterwards there was no need for alarm.

“It’s something that always happens, it happened to me several times at my club so there’s nothing to worry about,” Messi said.

Speaking about the match, Messi said: “I don’t like putting up excuses but the pitch conditions didn’t help. The truth is that it was hard to stop the ball in less than two or three touches, we did what we could.

“In the second half we played better than in the first. Now, we still have two games to prepare and keep on growing to make it in a perfect condition to Brazil.”

Messi also allayed fears which fans may have about Alejandro Sabella’s star-studded squad after their lacklustre performance.

“It was a long time since we last saw each other,” explained Messi. “The truth is that the group is phenomenal as always. We’re everyday more united, with our heads in the future, in the World Cup.

“We’re fine, it’s a pity we can’t take too many conclusions from today’s game.”

In a different vein, Messi said that his club Barcelona will miss Carles Puyol next season. Puyol, earlier this week, had announced that he will be leaving Barcelona at the end of the season.

“It’s a decision that Puyol probably thought a lot about, because it’s not easy to make… If he’s said it, it’s because he’s totally convinced and sure about it. He’ll be sorely missed, both inside and outside the dressing room,” Messi said.

Messi also talked about the superb free-kick he scored from, against Almeria, last Sunday. “I saw the space and that the goalkeeper had positioned himself close to the post. I saw the space to place it around the wall and tried it. It worked, but it could have gone anywhere.” (Agencies)