The Argentina Football Association will not entertain any requests from FC Barcelona to rest their star player Lionel Messi for the remainder of their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Reports in Spain had suggested that the Catalan club want Lionel Messi to skip the trip to South America for Argentina's two remaining matches.

However, Julio Grondona, the president of the Argentina Football Association, told Esports Cope that this would not be fair on teams like Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela who are all battling with Uruguay for qualifying spots.

Argentina sit top of the South American qualifying table and have already booked their place in next year's World Cup, which takes place in Brazil.

Julio Grondona, president of the AFA told Esports Cope: "Argentina is up against countries that have a lot to play for. We need to be careful because it wouldn't be fair on other teams.

"We don't want to harm another country's interests, so we'll take a decision when the time comes."

On this issue, Messi has apparently heard little about the plans to pull out of Argentina's two remaining games.

The 26-year old will feature for his club side when they entertain Sevilla at the Nou Camp tomorrow night.

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