Messi has a cold, skips training

Updated: Jul 02, 2010, 09:52 AM IST

Pretoria: Argentine coach Diego Maradona sent superstar Lionel Messi back to bed because of a cold, Argentinian football officials said Thursday.

‘He did not train today. He came to the training grounds with a cold, but no fever,’ officials from the Argentine Football Association said.

The 23-year-old was nevertheless expected to be fit for Saturday’s World Cup quarterfinal clash against Germany.