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Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni to miss FIFA World Cup qualifier against Chile after testing positive for COVID

Argentina national team manager Lionel Scaloni said that he won’t travel to Chile for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier in Calama in light of the fact that he is suffering from Covid-19.

“I am well, recovered. But the PCR remains positive,” Scaloni said.

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi will also be missing as he continues to recover from the virus. Paulo Dybala is expected to be his replacement in the team’s starting lineup.

“I talked to (Messi) after he tested positive for COVID. It affected him a lot, he had the roughest variant,” Scaloni said.

“It is important that he recovers, feels fit because there will be important moments ahead.”

The virus has also affected Chile, with defenders Mauricio Isla and Francisco Sierralta and winger Jean Meneses out.