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Soccer World Cup Qualifiers

Soccer Star Lionel Messi is fit to play against Paraguay and Peru with the Argentine National Team in the South American qualifying round for the World Cup in Qatar, despite a recent ankle problem.

Argentina will host Paraguay at the Boca Juniors Stadium and five days later will visit Peru.

Coach Lionel Scaloni said Messi is fit and available to play.

In his last match with Barcelona against Betis, Messi was on the bench and entered during the second period.

Brazil and Argentina currently lead the South American draw with six points each. Paraguay is in fourth on four points.

The top four sides in the 10-team South American group qualify directly for Qatar 2022 and the fifth-placed side goes into an inter-regional playoff.