LONDON (AP) Lionel Messi’s World Cup dreams are “dooming” in Colombia, his agent has said.
He left for Brazil at the weekend and his coach is struggling to get him fit again.
“I don’t want to put words in his mouth, but he’s not 100 per cent,” his agent Jorge Mendes told reporters on Sunday.
“It’s not possible for him to play.
He’s going to be very disappointed.
He doesn’t have the best of days.”
Messi, 28, is out of the World Cup after suffering an injury in the first half of his team’s 1-1 draw against Brazil on Sunday, a setback that has forced the world’s top-scoring striker to miss the next six months of international football.
He had scored four goals in six matches before Sunday’s loss to Uruguay, but his goalscoring has slumped in Brazil, where he has just five in 19 games.
Mendes said Messi was “very disappointed” with his coach, Guillermo Pérez, who had not trained with his team.
He said Messi’s contract had expired and he would return home to Argentina.
Pérez said on Twitter on Sunday he was not ready to start the tournament but he will give his all to get Messi fit.
“He wants to play, but it’s very difficult for him, because of the contract he signed in 2016,” he wrote.
Moyes also said he had no plans to call up players, even those who are not in the starting lineup.
He said the best chance to make a difference is by playing for the national team.
“I’m not going to change the starting XI, I’m not interested in playing players who are still in the squad,” Moyes said.
“That’s not my job, but I’m very disappointed with the situation.
The best thing for Lionel is to go home, to enjoy the moment, to get some rest.”
Mendez said his client would not be returning to Colombia until the end of the month, but added: “There is no timetable.
I know Lionel has great support here.
I’m going to work with him, I will be ready for the end.”
Moyez also said that after Neymar’s World League title-winning goal against Colombia, Messi would be ready to return to the team that beat Portugal in the semifinals of the tournament.
Mateo Kovacic, the Portugal coach, has not called up any players for their respective games against Colombia or Brazil.
Brazil has won all six games in the tournament and is now unbeaten in its last nine.
It has not lost in a World Cup since 1966.