2 Jul 2010

Messi hit with a cold

8:19 am on 2 July 2010

Argentina have been hit by concern over the fitness of star forward Lionel Messi as the diminutive Barcelona playmaker did not take part in training today.

Argentina tackle in-form Germany in the glamour tie of the World Cup quarter-finals in Cape Town on Sunday morning.

The South Americans claimed the little wizard has a cold and that he was kept out of training for precautionary reasons.

They also said that his participation is not in doubt but a rumour was circulating among the press corps that the 23-year-old's problem could be a more serious fever.

Argentina and Germany meet in a repeat of the quarter-final four years ago when the Europeans won 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.