(Sporting Alert) — Lionel Messi starts again on the bench for Argentina in today’s CONMEBOL World Cup 2014 against Ecuador.
The Barcelona forward has been struggling with an injury, which forced him to miss the latter parts this past season and will again start on the bench.
Messi, who started on the bench in the 0-0 draw with Columbia, is expected to play some part in the game.
Sergio Aguero will lead the Argentina attack, with the likes of Angel Di Maria, Rodrigo Palacio and Ever Banega also starting.
Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia is amongst the starters for Ecuador
Ecuador v Argentina
Ecuador: Dominguez, Guagua, Erazo, Ayovi, Paredes, Castillo, Noboa, Valencia, Montero, Rojas, Felipe Caicedo
Subs: Banguera, Elvis Bone, Ibarra, Quinonez, Anangono, Bagui, Saritama, Colon, Achilier, De Jesus, Lemos
Argentina: Romero, Garay, Rojo, Federico Fernandez, Peruzzi, Basanta, Di Maria, Mascherano, Ever, Palacio, Aguero
Subs: Orion, Campagnaro, Biglia, Coloccini, Augusto Fernandez, Lamela, Messi, Rodriguez, Guinazu, Brana, Lavezzi, Andujar
Referee: Enrique Caceres