Messi on knee injury: I feel good, if not I would not have played

Messi on knee injury: I feel good, if not I would not have played

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PSG were not happy when he joined Argentina after missing two games with his club

Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi spoke about his fitness after Argentina booked their place at the World Cup in Qatar next winter.

Messi had missed PSG's most recent games before the international break but returned as a substitute against Uruguay for his country before starting in Tuesday's goalless draw against Brazil.

"I have not played in a long time," he told TyC Sports. "It was an intense game and I lacked rhythm. But I feel good, if I didn't I would not have played."

Messi, who missed PSG's last two games, admitted he's not at this best still after a knee injury.

"I was out for a while and it's not easy to play a game with such a high rhythm, but luckily I was OK. I hope to finish the year well now."

The former Barcelona player completed 90 minutes in the draw against Brazil and Argentina, thanks to Ecuador's win over Chile, sealed their place in Qatar.

Lionel Scaloni's side, who won the Copa America last summer, remain unbeaten through the qualifying campaign after 13 games, as do Brazil, who top the group and will also be at the World Cup.