Argentina and Barcelona captain Lionel Messi arrived in Israel on Sunday on the eve of the Uruguay friendly, a year after the tango friendly was canceled by the hosts in protest at the time.
Messi and his comrades arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv before boarding a bus without making any statement to reporters.
On the sidelines of a press conference later held by Argentina's Lionel Scaloni at the Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv, he confirmed that Messi will participate despite the intensity of the games after leading his country to win the friendly "Super Classico" against Brazil by scoring the last goal.
"Messi will play," Scaloni said. "So you can stay calm."
Messi has not played for Brazil since he was sent off in the third and fourth place in the Copa America on July 7, for being suspended for three months and fined $ 50,000 for accusing the Confederation of corruption.
Scaloni said he would make a decision on the squad to face Uruguay this afternoon after the players rested.
"They are exhausted, without any physical problems, but they are just tired," he said. "So we will wait until tomorrow at noon."
The Palestinian Football Association (PFF) did not protest against the Tel Aviv match, which will bring together the two companions in Barcelona and Argentina captain Messi and Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez.
The boycott, divestment and sanctions, which call for a boycott of Israel in protest against the occupation of the Palestinian territories, condemned the match between the two teams.
The match comes a year after the cancellation of the friendly between Argentina and Israel, which sparked outrage and protests from Palestinians and harsh criticism on social media against Albiceleste.