Super Eagles' coach Gernot Rohr has hailed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the "professional and committed manner" it handled the team's 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.
A subsequent tweet from the Seleccion Argentina account said Messi would not be going to Krasnodar and would instead head back to Barcelona.
"We have a game plan, which does not depend on him".
According to Argentina's official Twitter account (h/t Tom Webber of Goal), the forward opted to leave preparations with his country, and it has been confirmed the player is not suffering with injury.
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According to the police, the incident took place in Adambakkam area of Chennai on Monday at around 8.45 pm, reported CNN-News18 . The accused, who escaped from the scene after receiving a few blows, was reportedly picked up by the police on Tuesday.
Eagles who picked the ultimate prize, also went unbeaten in the group stage, and finished as leaders of group "B" with 14 points, six ahead of second-placed Zambia.
"I believe this team will put smiles on the faces of Nigerians at the World Cup next year", he said.
Argentina will be a different kind of prospect for the Africans, but with Messi out of the friendly, there could be a shock in Krasnodar.
Meanwhile, English Premier League duo of Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho are expected to lead the Nigeria's attack as the Franco-German coach wants to use the speed and youthfulness of both players to run riot against the Jorge Sampoli's side.