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Messi is hoping to be fit for Argentina's Copa America campaign .

Argentina confirm Lionel Messi injury not serious

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There are few things Argentina fans like less than the sight of Lionel Messi limping off the pitch. 

The Barcelona superstar looked to be in considerable discomfort after taking a knock to his lower back in Friday night's friendly against Honduras following a coming together with Oliver Morazan and was substituted just after the hour mark. 

Argentina's final warm-up match before the Copa America, which they won 1-0, was marred by fears that Messi's injury could be serious, but those fears have now been laid to rest. 

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Fears eased

According to Goal.com, he only suffered rib and back contusions, though his national side are unsure of how long he will be ruled out for. 

Argentina coach Gerardo Martino admitted he had no idea how bad the injury was in his post-match interview, saying only that he was "concerned". 

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And it remains to be seen whether he will feature against Copa America's defending champions Chile on June 6. 

Argentina anxious

Argentina, Chile, Panama, and Bolivia will make up Group D. 

Messi and his team-mates will be among the favourites to go all the way in the competition, but their hopes will take a massive blow if he misses much of it.  

If he is forced to sit out their opener, then Gonzalo Higuain may have to produce the goods again, just as he did against Honduras with a sensational goal. 

Can Argentina cope without Lionel Messi? Have your say in the comments. 

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