Lionel Messi will miss Argentina’s international friendly against Morocco on Tuesday “as a precaution” after sustaining a groin injury in the 3-1 defeat against Venezuela on Friday.

The news will come as a boost for Barcelona as their talisman should be fit for their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester United on April 10.

The defeat was Messi’s first for the national team since the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Despite the defeat, Argentina coach was optimistic with the chances his side created in the match.

"All the chances we created were due to the confusion he caused. During the second half we saw more teamwork from him," he told Sky Sports

"Losing hurts, obviously, but this game has been very useful to see how players work with him as a group, how the others did, if the players that were expected to take a step forward did so.

"We weren't satisfied because of the result, but we drew conclusions, there are players who can do beautiful things with him."