After the victoria against Chile, it is still uncertain if Messi will be ready to play this friday against Panama. All the reports indicate that he is doing better but is still training apart from the team along with Lucas Bilgia who is also recovering well. In my opinion, there is really no reason to rush him back. On another note Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi were finally incorporated and completed a full training session with the rest of the team. They may and could also be used on Friday as possible substitutes.
and finally… Happy Birthday to Javier Mascherano today!!!