Messi doubtful for Reggae Boyz match-up
Argentina forward Lionel Messi (Photos: AFP)

Reports have emerged that Argentine footballer Lionel Messi could miss Tuesday’s match-up against the Reggae Boyz at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey due to illness.

The match-up, which is slated for 7 pm, will see the Caribbean-based side go head-to-head against Argentina, but possibily without captain and seven-time Ballon d'Or winner, Messi, leading the charge.

His probable absence has been indicated to be a result of illness rather than an injury. As such, he will be replaced by 22-year-old Manchester City forward Julian Alvarez.

This will be Jamaica's fourth time taking on the South American-based side, with all three previous encounters ending in defeat for the Reggae Boyz.

Additionally, this will be the first match for the newly hired head coach Heimir Hallgrímsson of Iceland, who was appointed to the position on September 17.

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